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Ovid: Clinical Neuroanatomy

Authors: Snell, Richard S. Title: Clinical Neuroanatomy, 7th Edition Copyright ©2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins > Front of Book > Preface Preface This book contains the basic neuroanatomical facts necessary for the practice of medicine. It is suitable for medical students, dental students, nurses, and allied health students. Residents fnd this book useful during their rotations. The functional organization of the nervous system has been emphasized and indicates how injury and disease can result in neurologic deficits. The amount of factual information has been strictly limited to that which is clinically important. In this edition, the content of each chapter has been reviewed, obsolete material has been discarded, and new material added. Each chapter is divided into the following categories:

  • Clinical Example. A short case report that serves to dramatize the relevance of neuroanatomy introduces each chapter.
  • Chapter Objectives. This section details the material that is most important to learn and understand in each chapter.
  • Basic Neuroanatomy. This section provides basic information on neuroanatomical structures that are of clinical importance. Numerous examples of normal radiographs, CT scans, MRIs, and PET scans are also provided. Many cross-sectional diagrams have been included to stimulate students to think in terms of three-dimensional anatomy, which is so important in the interpretation of CT scans and MRI images.
  • Clinical Notes. This section provides the practical application of neuroanatomical facts that are essential in clinical practice. It emphasizes the structures that the physician will encounter when making a diagnosis and treating a patient. It also provides the information necessary to understand many procedures and techniques and notes the anatomical “pitfalls” commonly encountered.
  • Clinical Problem Solving. This section provides the student with many examples of clinical situations in which a knowledge of neuroanatomy is necessary to solve clinical problems and to institute treatment; solutions to the problems are provided at the end of the chapter.
  • Review Questions. The purpose of the questions is threefold: to focus attention on areas of importance, to enable students to assess their areas of weakness, and to provide a form of self-evaluation when questions are answered under examination conditions. Some of the questions are centered around a clinical problem that requires a neuroanatomical answer. Solutions to the problem are provided at the end of each chapter.

In addition to the full text from the book, an interactive Review Test, including over 450 questions, is provided online. The book is extensively illustrated. The majority of the figures have been kept simple and are in color. As in the previous edition, a concise Color Atlas of the dissected brain is included prior to the text. This small but important group of colored plates enables the reader to quickly relate a particular part of the brain to the whole organ. References to neuroanatomical literature are included should readers wish to acquire a deeper knowledge of an area of interest. R. S. S.

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