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Atlas of Functional Neuroanatomy

2nd Edition, October 31, 2005

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Includes all amendments and changes through Change/Amendment , October 31, 2005

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ISBN: 978-0-8493-3084-1
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  • Revision: 2nd Edition, October 31, 2005
  • Published Date: October 31, 2005
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 298
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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This atlas grew out of the seeds of discontent of a teacher attempting to enable medical students to understand the neuroanatomical framework of the human brain, the central nervous system. As a teacher, it is my conviction that each slide or picture that is shown to students should be accompanied by an explanation; these explanations formed the basis of an atlas. Diagrams were created to help students understand the structures and pathways of the nervous system and each illustration was accompanied by explanatory text, so that the student could study both together.

The pedagogical perspective has not changed over the various editions of the atlas as it expanded in content, but the illustrations have evolved markedly. They changed from simple artwork to computer-based graphics, from no color to 2-color, to the present edition in full color. The illustrations now include digital photographs, using carefully selected and dissected specimens.

Most of the diagrams in the atlas were created by medical students, with artistic and/or technological ability, who could visualize the structural aspects of the nervous system. These students, who had completed the basic neuroanatomy course, collaborated with the author to create the diagrams intended to assist the next generation of students to learn the material more easily and with better understanding. I sincerely thank each of them for their effort and dedication and for their frequent, intense discussions about the material (please see the acknowledgements). They helped decide which aspects should be included in an atlas intended for use by students early in their career with limited time allotted for this course of study during their medical studies.

This atlas has benefited from the help of colleagues and staff in the department of which I have been a member for over 30 years, and from professional colleagues who have contributed histological and radiological enhancements, as well as advice. Their assistance is sincerely appreciated.

The previous edition of this atlas included a CD ROM containing all the images in full color. At that time, few texts had such a learning companion. It is to the credit of CRC Press that they were willing to accept the idea of this visual enhancement as an aid to student learning. The CD-ROM accompanying this new edition of the atlas, thanks to another student, employs newer software that allows the creative use of "rollover" labeling, and also adds animation to some of the illustrations (please see the User's Guide).

A final comment about the word "functional" in the title is appropriate. The central nervous system, the CNS, is a vast, continually active set of connections, ever-changing and capable of alteration throughout life. The orientation of the written text is to describe both the structural aspects of the CNS and the connections between the parts, and to explain the way those structures of the brain operate as a functional unit. In addition, there are clinically relevant comments included in the descriptive text, where there is a clear relation between the structures being described and neurological disease.

No book could be completed without the support and encouragement of the people who are part of the process of transforming a manuscript to a published work, from the publisher and the project editor, to the technical staff that handles the illustrations, to the proofreaders and copyeditors who work to improve and clarify the text. Each individual is an important contributor to the final product, and I wish to thank them all.

I sincerely hope that you, the learner, enjoy studying from the Atlas of Funtional Neuroanatomy and its accompanying CD-ROM, and that the text and illustrations, along with the dynamic images, help you to gain a firm understanding of this fascinating, complex organ—the brain.