The study of neuroscience and neuroanatomy forms a critical part of the training of the physician. The primary goal of this textbook is to present the clinical and functional applications of neuroanatomy as needed by the physician without the massive amount of structural details that leads to just memorization without understanding the relevance of the nervous system to clinical practice. Essential amounts of structural detail are provided that are required to understand the clinical application of the nervous system. In addition, these topics will provide the critical level of information necessary for the student to succeed in the pre-clinical curriculum, successfully navigate the Step 1 exam, and move into clinical training.
The neurologic exam and the observed clinical symptoms of the patient provide multiple opportunities for the clinician to utilize the clinical application of the functional and structural knowledge of neuroanatomy in neurological diagnosis. This allows the clinician opportunity to develop a logical thinking process as a basis for clinical diagnosis. Thus, the anatomical and physiological principles of neuroanatomy become of paramount importance. Providing those principles is the goal of textbook.
Jack L Wilson, PhD Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, Tennessee
Angela R Cantrell, PhD Departments of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Medical Education University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, Tennessee