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Neuroanatomy Through Clinical Cases, Second Edition, Text with Interactive eBook (Blumenfeld, Neuroanatomy Through Clinical Cases) [Paperback]

Hal Blumenfeld
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May 1, 2011 0878936130 978-0878936137 Second
Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases brings a pioneering interactive approach to the teaching of neuroanatomy, using over 100 actual clinical cases and high-quality radiologic images to bring the subject to life. The Second Edition is fully updated with the latest advances in the field, and includes several exciting new cases. This approach allows students to appreciate the clinical relevance of structural details as they are being learned, and to integrate knowledge of disparate functional systems, since a single lesion may affect several different neural structures and pathways. Most of the book comprises chapters that explain the major neuroanatomical systems. Each chapter first presents background material including an overview of relevant neuroanatomical structures and pathways, and a brief discussion of related clinical disorders. The second half of each chapter is devoted to clinical cases. The cases begin with a narrative of how the patient developed symptoms, and what deficits were found upon neurological examination. Boldface type highlights important symptoms and signs. A series of questions challenges the reader to deduce the neuroanatomical location of the patient s lesion, and the diagnosis. Discussion and answers follow, and an epilogue reveals the actual outcome. One of the book s most innovative features is the inclusion of CT and MRI scans that depict each patient s lesion. These radiographs help the reader develop skills in interpreting the same kinds of diagnostic images employed in clinical practice.

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About the Author

Hal Blumenfeld is Professor in the Departments of Neurology, Neurobiology, and Neurosurgery at Yale University School of Medicine. He has taught neuroanatomy at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia Universities using the approach of Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases, which the students greeted with highly favorable feedback. He recently received the prestigious Francis Gilman Blake Award, as the most outstanding teacher of medical sciences at the Yale School of Medicine, and the Dreifuss-Penry Epilepsy Research Award from the American Academy of Neurology. He has also been awarded several major grants (from the National Institutes of Health, and private foundations) to pursue his research, which focuses on epilepsy as a model system for investigating consciousness. Current projects include neuroimaging, neurophysiology, and behavioral experiments in animal models of epilepsy, and direct application to human patients. His clinical training included an internship in Internal Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, a residency in Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a fellowship in Epilepsy at Yale University School of Medicine. He studied Bioelectrical Engineering at Harvard University, then earned a Ph.D. (in Physiology and Cellular Biophysics) as well as his M.D. at Columbia University.

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  • Series: Blumenfeld, Neuroanatomy Through Clinical Cases
  • Paperback: 975 pages
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Inc.; Second edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878936130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878936137
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,747 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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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neuroanatomy Illuminated June 8, 2010
One often wonders if it is worth buying a second edition of any textbook let alone a neuroanatomy textbook, upon receiving the second edition of Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases by Hal Blumenfeld, MD, PhD the answer is an enthusiastic YES! Students of neuroanatomy often complain about the dryness of the subject and the difficulties they encounter when trying to memorize all the terms, areas and connections. This book provides excellent solutions to both of these issues. The book is organized in a standard fashion around holistic systems (eg. Chapter 7: Somatosensory Pathways, Chapter 11: Visual System) and where appropriate anatomical areas (eg. Chapter 15: Cerebellum), but embedded within each chapter are helpful mnemonics too help the student master the necessary material.

In order to bring the material to life Dr. Blumenfeld has collected an enormous (expanded since the first edition) amount of relevant clinical cases that he encountered while serving as Neurologist at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Yale New Haven Hospital. These real world cases (>100 are detailed) and the associated clinical documentation (MRI's, CT scans, blood work....) provide immediate clinical relevance for the anatomy covered in each chapter. Traditionally these two concepts (anatomy and clinical correlations) are often treated as almost distinct topics and it is refreshing to see them treated in parallel in such a comprehensive manner. The clinical cases reinforce the need to understand the underlying anatomy and for each case questions are asked that help direct the reader to determining the site of the lesion/disorder.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant for a Terrifying Topic August 14, 2010
I loved this book! During my first year of medical school, neuroanatomy was a beast. I couldn't get the basics down, as all the other books, including many review books, required an almost unattainable baseline of knowledge. I got fed up, and read this book cover to cover in two weeks. I was completely prepared for my exam, and suddenly, all of the other books made sense.

It is the pictures and excellent clinical correlations that make this book come alive. If you school tests with "board style questions" i.e. mini clinical vignettes as a question, this book is your new best friend for your neuro class. It's expensive, but worth it. Buy this first, and then might I recommend High Yield Neuroanatomy as your review guide.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST NEUROLOGY BOOK August 3, 2010
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I'm a medical student in my first year, taking Medical Neuroscience. In our course we go through the pathways described in the Blumberg book as well as the molecular and cellular neuroscience behind them. I find this book to be incredibly good at explaining the anatomy of the main pathways and excellent to understand the neurological exam (although i would use an atlas to supplement when it comes to observing a structure change size/shape from, say, the caudal medulla to the rostral midbrain). What I was missing was the smaller details, sub-structural neuroscience, something that this book does not claim to be. For this I went to Nolte and Purves (I prefer the latter).

My point being, some reviewers made it seem like this was the end all to use in medical education, but there is a part of what we are taught that is not within the scope of this book. I would really recommend getting this book and Dale Purves' Neuroscience if you are a student that really enjoys well written textbooks with clear explanations of the hows and whys.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book sets the standard June 1, 2010
This book is clearly the best teaching text on neuroanatomy. Teaching through cases is a time-honored method and helps the material to sink in to the student. The figures and photos make this complex subject easy to understand. The text is up to date scientifically. It is also a good reference tool for neurolgists. I can't recommend this any higher.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No major changes, same good'ol text July 16, 2011
The new edition of Blumenfeld has no major changes from the past edition. Nonetheless it is THE book for neurology, neuroanatomy. With a wonderful companion website that is open to the public (, the book illustrates the details, but not the over-details of the nervous system. It contains the illustrations that the other Neurology bible lacks (Adams and Viktor).
Highly recommended textbook, a core and must have book for serious neurology students and professors.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely necessary July 24, 2011
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I bought this book at the beginning of the term and didn't open it until I got desperate halfway through.

Other than the drugs, cancer, and histology&pathology sections of the course, this book had everything. It is laid out better, it is integrated from clinical presentation, to exam, imaging, diagnosis and discussion.

I read the book from cover to cover, and went from failing miserably to passing with better than class average. If you read the book as it is laid out, you will build on the concepts and it will introduce key points at relevant times. By the end, you will be able to think through the anatomy instead of trying to just remember a bunch of factoids.

The imaging in the book is amazing and well explained, and the cases are real. The language is very descriptive, and the illustrations and figures are great. The cranial nerves and blood supply chapters are highlights.

It shouldn't be your ONLY Neuro book, but you will use it every day even after reading it.

If I ever see Dr. Blumenfeld, I'm going to hug his leg like a little child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Book for learning about Neuroscience
I teach Neuroanatomy to our Residents using this Book for over 10 years. Since I have used this book, every one of our Residents have passed the Neurology Boards. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Michael H Rivner
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
This is the perfect neuro book for medical school or for a resident. Many clinical correlates make it a quick reference. Written in very understandable language. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Cochran
5.0 out of 5 stars Really liked this
The "case method" works very well. It makes you eager to know the details of each case, and you acquire knowledge in no time. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Marcellus B. Lima
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I bought this book to prepare for rotations and internship in neurosurgery. Blumenfeld makes neuroanatomy very easy to remember in this book with the many clinic correlations. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Josh Burk
5.0 out of 5 stars USE FOR MED SCHOOL NEURO
I read this book cover-cover and reviewed sections again and nailed my neuro course. Does not cover anatomy as well as some atlases (e.g. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M Matz
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
It was very helpful. It was well organized and helped me find the information I was looking for in an orderly manner.
Published 4 months ago by Leidy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great textbook
This is a great textbook for neuroscience. There are great cases for each condition that make the concepts easy to understand and helps you think about the neuroscience from a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nena
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great information and the online access is totally worth it. You don't. Have to bring the book everywhere with because of the ebook, but still have the convenience of having the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by christine marie
5.0 out of 5 stars The only neuro book you need!!!
This book teaches you from the ground up. All you Need is this book and Najeb's lectures. This book is thick and intimidating but literally one of the most well written textbooks... Read more
Published 5 months ago by missy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn Neuroanatomy
I'm a medical student and I think there is no better way to understand the material than using clinical cases. Read more
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