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Neuroanatomy Through Clinical Cases, Second Edition with Sylvius 4 [Paperback]

Hal Blumenfeld
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March 8, 2010 0878933832 978-0878933839 2 Pap/Psc
Neuroanatomy is, by nature, an incredibly complex subject. Too often, overwhelmed by anatomical detail, students miss out on the functional beauty of the nervous system and its relevance to clinical practice. "Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases" resolves this dilemma, using over 100 actual clinical cases and high quality radiologic images in an interactive format to bring neuroanatomy to life. With this approach, structural details take on immediate relevance as they are being learned, and students are able to integrate knowledge of disparate functional systems, since a single lesion may affect several different neural structures and pathways.

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Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases seems a slam-dunk into the classics shelf. --Andres Martin, José Merino, Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences

About the Author

HAL BLUMENFELD is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Neurobiology at Yale University School of Medicine.

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  • Paperback: 1006 pages
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Inc.; 2 Pap/Psc edition (March 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878933832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878933839
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hal Blumenfeld is Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology at Yale University School of Medicine, USA as well as Resident Neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, USA. He has won a number of prestigious awards for his research, which focuses on the use of epilepsy as a model system for investigating consciousness.

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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful
Every once in a while a special textbook comes along that makes a subject an utter delight to learn; "Neuroanatomy Through Clinical Cases" is most definitely such a text. The merits of this book are just too many to enumerate but I will provide some specific examples of its strengths.
The book has great detail but the strength of its organization is what makes this aspect an asset rather than a liability. Most chapters have a 'Brief Anatomical Study Guide' at the beginning that rivals the content of most traditional Neuroanatomy texts. These sections are well illustrated with great descriptions. Furthermore this traditional approach is clearly delineated from the clinical content in the chapter which is marked with 'KCC' (Key Clinical Concept). Every clinical point in my Neuroscience course was covered in this book making it an invaluable resource for clarification. Sure there is WAY more clinical content in the book than in my course but because the sections are marked clearly it's easy to find specific vignettes. Each chapter ends with specific clinical problems that are discussed in full with ample radiographic images. The clinical cases for me served to test, clarify and reinforce the material presented in the brief anatomical study guide. They are no doubt the most 'fun' part of the book (thinking in Med School...OMG!!).
Overall, rather than read through the same material trying to memorize (ala syllabus), going through the brief guide then the clinical concepts and finally the problems provided the necessary repetition yet also allowed for an innovative and engaging approach to learning.
The author should really be applauded for his diligence and enthusiasm, it truly is infectious.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal neuroanatomy text for med students/residents February 17, 2006
I'm a seasoned clinical neurologist and bought this book to refresh my knowledge of neuroanatomy. To all the med students and residents out there reading this, I can assure you that virtually all of the information in the book is used by practicing neurologists on a daily basis. This is stuff you really need to know; by the time you're in my situation most of it is second nature. The author does a great job of presenting, just as the title promises, clinically oriented neuroanatomy. It goes beyond that, though, because there's also a fair number of elementary discussions of common neurological diseases, including differential diagnosis and treatment considerations. A nice learning feature are the frequent mnemonics scattered through the text, e.g. for the functions of the hypothalmus, HEAL=homeostatic, endocrine, autonomic, limbic. The illustrations are gorgeous, and the case presentations with accompanying MRI/CT are excellent. Strongly recommended.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clinical Neuroanatomy at its best July 26, 2002
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I can only echo the high praise already offered by the two previous reviewers on this web site. This is not only one of the finest if not the finest neuroanatomy teaching text that I have ever read, it is one of the finest summaries of general clinical neuroscience conceptual material I've ever read, with an obvious heavy emphasis on functional neuroanatomy. Although there are a few nits that I could pick about a few details,the level of excellence is uniform, the depth of coverage is just perfect for the advanced student, and the breadth of coverage is exceptional. The basic methodology for presenting material consists of a smoothly integrated presentation of graphical plates (outlining basic structures), clinical case materials including results of a very thorough neuro exam, and structural neuroimaging. Very clear and lucid presentations of cases. Very highly recommended.
I basically cannot say enough good things about this text. It is the current benchmark in this field.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Functional Neuroanatomy at its best ! January 11, 2002
How does one take a difficult and arduous subject and make its study approachable, interesting and fun? Hal Blumenfeld has succeeded in doing this in his book on the most complex human system of all, Neuroanatomy. Medical students in their preclinical years often consider the study of the intricacies of the nervous system a dry and painful exercise of memory. Instead, Hal Blumenfeld uses real-life clinical cases gathered during his training as a neurologist to teach this very complicated topic. This comprehensive volume of 950 pages is organized in an user-friendly manner, and gives the novice reader all the necessary background information needed to embark on a colorful and fulfilling journey through the nervous sytem.
The initial chapters include an introduction to clinical case presentation, an overview of the nervous system and its terminology, as well as a demonstration of the neurologic exam. A well-illustrated section on brain imaging techniques follows, which is extremely up to date and includes CT, MRI, angiography and functional neuroimaging.The rest of the book is logically organized into chapters which all start with an anatomical and clinical review. These are followed by the description of relevant clinical cases where the readers can immediately apply their freshly acquired knowledge to establish a diagnosis, while learning important elements of clinical management for various neurological conditions.
Clear illustrations, pictures of anatomical specimens, summary tables, review exercises and mnemonics will help funnel all this information for long term storage straight into the hippocampus.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great case studies for your office bookshelf
This book was not even required for my Neuro class, but the professor shared many stories from it with the class and suggested looking into it. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Lillian
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any clinician
This was an "optional" textbook for my Neuroanatomy class in PA school. I found that I read it thoroughly and it helped me understand the concepts I was not quite getting... Read more
Published 1 month ago by LaBombera
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived in good time, and excellent condition.
Book arrived quickly, and was in great condition as advertised. As for the book itself it is a very in depth look of neuroanatomy. Read more
Published 12 months ago by sarah mccartney
5.0 out of 5 stars Neuroanatomy Through Clinical Cases
Absolutely top notch text book. Well written, with good diagrams. Ideal for a medical student who has the time to read the text. Read more
Published 17 months ago by MedLit Crtiqr
5.0 out of 5 stars can life get any more boring?
This book will put yo ass to sleep- I kid you not. Some of it is interesting, some, not so much. It was a required book for class, so, what can I say-
Published 18 months ago by turd ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars I teach it
more tools are always welcome No one needs more words to read that don't say anything new. No one needs more words to read that don't say anything new.
Published 19 months ago by Mary B. Davison
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent neuro book
I used this book the past semester in med school. I think that this is one of the best text books that I have used thus far. Let me detail why. Read more
Published 20 months ago by BY
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a book for every student or physycian in neurology
This book ofers a fantastic link between anatomy and clicical pratice.
This is a corner stone book for all neurolgists and people interested in this field.
Published on April 10, 2012 by jmgodoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Neuro book
Great resource, easy to understand, good pics And details describing neurological pathologies. Diagrams were helpful and clear. I highly recommend this as Clinical resource
Published on October 28, 2011 by Smilegoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a clinical review book
I love this book. The outline of the book is such that it can be used as an in depth guide to cases, or a brief overview. This is great for a quick refresher.
Published on September 27, 2010 by docbench
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