Neuroanatomy for Medical Students

Author: Wilkinson, J.L.


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  • ISBN: 9780750614474
  • Author: Wilkinson, J.L.
  • Publ Date: 1992-02-10
  • Edition: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Imprint: BUTTERWORTHS *
  • Status: O/P
  • ID - 67691

Table of Contents :

Part 1 Introduction: development and topography of the nervous system - development, general topography in the adult; neurons and neuroglia, the neuron, neuroglia, peripheral nervous system - structure of peripheral nerves, degeneration and regeneration after injury, autonomic nervous system. Part 2 Regional anatomy: spinal cord - gross anatomy, grey matter and nuclei, intrinsic spinal mechanisms and motor control, white matter and tracts; brainstem - transition from spinal cord to medulla oblongata, general topography of the brainstem, internal structure of the brainstem; the reticular formation. Part 3 Applied anatomy: cranial nerves - components, the hypoglossal (XII) nerve, the accessory (XI) nerve, the vagus (X) and glossopharyngeal (IX) nerves, the vestibulocochlear (VIII) nerve, the facial (VII) nerve, the abducent (VI) trochlear (IV) and oculomotor (III) nerves, the trigeminal (V) nerve; cerebellum - general structure, cerebellar cortex, cerebellar peduncles, afferent connexions, efferent connexions; diencephalon and internal capsule - thalamus, subthalamus, epithalamus, hypothalamus; corpus striatum - topography, striatal connexions, functions of the basal ganglia; olfactory and limbic systems - olfactory pathways, the limbic system; visual system - the retina, visual pathway, image projection and processing; cerebral cortex - cytology and cytoarchitecture, cerebral white matter, functional localization, general considerations; meninges, cerebrospinal fluid and cerebral ventricles - intracranial meninges, spinal meninges, cerebrospinal fluid, blood - brain barrier, blood supply of the central nervous system - arteries of the brain, venous drainage of the brain, blood vessels of the spinal cord. Part 4 Neurotransmitters: neurotransmitter pathways of the central nervous system - monoamine systems, cholinergic systems, amino acid systems, peptide systems.


This second edition, contains an expanded bibliography, with references throughout the text, includes literature consulted during its preparation. More neurophysiology, neuropharmacology and applied anatomy have been incorporated. Revision of artwork is considerable: 47 new illustrations have been produced, of which 14 are additional, the rest, including the entire brainstem series, have been redrawn or photographed. A comprehensive glossary has been added. Some chapters present a brief account of recent research. Included here are subjects such as nerve growth factor, neural transplantation, dorsal column transection, cerebellar memory, perivascular spaces, neurotransmitters and neurmodulators, nuclear magnetic resonance and positron emulsion tomography. Other topics updated or expanded are: cell membrane structure and function, motor control, muscle spindles, spinocerebellar tracts, reticular formation, striatal transmitters, retinal neurons, pineal gland, pituitary tumours, split brain effect, visual cortex, neural plasticity and barrel fields. A revision section on topography of ventricles and a summary table of cranial nerve are added. Because the term "extrapyramidal" is still widely used clinically in describing disorders of basal ganglia, it has been retained in relation to these structures, and collectively to related cortical efferents, corticostriate, -rubral, -olivary, -nigral and -reticular fibres. It is not used in classification of spinal motor pathways.


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