Rapid Review Neuroscience

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Rapid Review Neuroscience


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Table of Contents

Section 1: Macroscopic Organization: An overview of Nervous System Structure and Function

Chapter I. Anatomy of the Nervous System
I. Divisions of the nervous system
II. Dissections
III. Horizontal images
IV. Coronal images
V. Sagittal images
VI. Spinal cord anatomy

Chapter II. Development of the Nervous System
I. Neural tube and derivatives
II. Neural crest and derivatives
III. Primary vesicles and derivatives
IV. Secondary vesicles and derivatives
V. Clinical considerations

Chapter III. Meninges
I. Layers of the meninges
II. Meningeal vasculature
III. Clinical considerations

Chapter IV. The Ventricles and Cerebrospinal Fluid
I. Components of the ventricular system
II. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)
III. Clinical considerations

Chapter V. Vasculature
I. Cerebral blood flow
II. Blood-brain barrier (BBB)
III. Anterior circulation: internal carotid system
IV. Posterior circulation: vertebral-basilar system
V. Anastomoses
VI. Venous drainage
VII. Spinal cord blood supply
VIII. Clinical considerations: cerebrovascular accidents

Section 2: Microscopic Organization: The Nervous System at the cellular level

Chapter VI. Neurocytology
I. Neurons
II. Synapse
III. Neuronal cytoskeleton
IV. Axonal transport
V. Glia
VI. Clinical considerations: response to injury

Chapter VII. Neurophysiology
I. Passive membrane properties
II. Excitable membrane
III. Myelination and saltatory conduction
IV. Clinical considerations

Chapter VIII. Synaptic interactions
I. Electrical synapse
II. Chemical synapse
III. Clinical considerations

Chapter IX. Neurochemistry
I. Classical neurotransmitters
II. Peptide neurotransmitters
III. Neurotransmitter receptors
IV. Clinical considerations

Section 3: Sensory Systems

Chapter X. Discriminative Touch, Vibration and Conscious Proprioception
I. Sensory receptors
II. Dorsal column-medial lemniscal system - body
III. Trigeminal system – head and neck
IV. Clinical considerations

Chapter XI. Pain and Temperature
I. Sensory receptors
II. Anterolateral system - body
III. Trigeminal system – head and neck
IV. Clinical considerations

Section 4: Motor Control

Chapter XII. Lower Motor Neurons
I. Spinal cord anterior horn
II. Cranial motor nuclei
III. Neuromuscular junction
IV. Clinical considerations

Chapter XII. Upper Motor Neurons
I. Corticospinal and corticobulbar pathways
II. "Extrapyramidal" pathways
III. Clinical considerations

Chapter XIV. Basal Ganglia
I. Function
II. Anatomy
III. Basal ganglia circuits
IV. Basal ganglia neurotransmitters
V. Clinical considerations

Chapter XV. Cerebellum
I. Function
II. Cerebellar anatomy related to function
III. Cerebellar cortex
IV. Deep cerebellar nuclei
V. Cerebellar pathways
VI. Clinical considerations

Chapter XVI. Reflexes and their Clinical Significance
I. Overview
II. Deep tendon reflexes - clinical considerations
III. Superficial reflexes - clinical considerations
IV. Cranial nerve reflexes - clinical considerations

Section 5: Cranial Nerves and the Special Senses

Chapter XVII. Cranial Nerve Overview
I. Overview
II. Emergence of cranial nerves
III. Locations of cranial nerve nuclei
IV. General sensory input
V. Motor control
VI. Testing cranial nerves

Chapter XVIII. Visual System
I. The eye
II. Visual processing within the retina
III. The visual pathway from the retina to the primary visual cortex

Chapter XIX. Auditory System
I. What is Sound?
II. Anatomy of the Transduction Apparatus
III. Mechanisms underlying sound transduction
IV. Auditory Neural Pathway
V. Clinical Considerations

Chapter XX. Vest
James Weyhenmeyer, PhD, Professor, Cell and Structural Biology and Neuroscience, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL and Eve A. Gallman, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Discipline Coordinator, Medical Neuroscience, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Medicine, Urbana, IL


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