About the Author(s)
Hal Blumenfeld is Professor in the Departments of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Neurosurgery at Yale University School of Medicine and Director of the Yale Clinical Neuroscience Imaging Center. 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 has received the prestigious Francis Gilman Blake Award, as the most outstanding teacher of medical sciences at the Yale School of Medicine, and the Graduate Mentor Award as the best scientific mentor at Yale. His research accomplishments led him to receive both the Research Recognition Award in Clinical Science from the American Epilepsy Society and the Javits Neuroscience Investigator
Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. He has also been awarded several major grants (from the National Institutes of Health, and private foundations) to pursue his research, which investigates normal mechanisms of consciousness, how consciousness is impaired in disorder like epilepsy and how consciousness can be restored with neurostimulation. Current projects include neuroimaging, neurophysiology, and behavioral experiments with direct application to improving quality of life in disorders of consciousness. He studied Bioelectrical Engineering as an undergraduate at Harvard University, then earned a Ph.D. (in Physiology and Cellular Biophysics) as well as his M.D. at Columbia University. His clinical training included medical internship at Columbia
Presbyterian Medical Center, neurology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and epilepsy fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Blumenfeld's previous publications include numerous articles in peer reviewed journals, several clinical neuroscience textbooks, as well as two volumes in the Let's Go travel guidebook series.
"Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases continues to be an amazing book. It stands the test of time. I have learned from it as a medical student, neuroscience student, Neurology resident, and now as faculty. Thinking clinically about neuroanatomy helps crystallize challenging subject matter and provides a firm foundation for the clinicians of today and tomorrow."--Kumar Narayanan, MD, PhD, University of Iowa
"This book is a must-have for every student and clinician. The case-based learning is not only applicable to every learner at every stage, but also very enjoyable! This book sets the bar for the field!"--David M. Greer, MD, Boston University School of Medicine
"I return to this book again and again. It is a must-read for students new to neuroanatomy and a go-to reference for the most experienced clinician. No other neuroanatomy reference presents such a comprehensive accounting of the nuts and bolts, a dynamic rendering of the systems and operations, and a living, breathing, human understanding of the clinical experience."--Susan Vandermorris, PhD, Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health Program, Baycrest
"Let us admit, human neuroanatomy is a daunting topic dreaded by most of us studying neurosciences. I had the great fortune of preparing for my neurology boards with the first edition of Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases and will be forever grateful to Dr. Blumenfeld for making neuroanatomy so much fun and so easy to learn! The fully updated new edition of the book is truly an amazing gift to all of us at any stage of our careers."--Sule Tinaz, MD, PhD, Yale University School of Medicine