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Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases

Third Edition

Hal Blumenfeld

Publication Date - 28 February 2021

ISBN: 9781605359625

1056 pages
8 1/2 x 11 inches

In Stock

A pioneering interactive approach to the teaching of neuroanatomy


Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases is widely acclaimed for bringing a pioneering interactive approach to the teaching of neuroanatomy. The book uses over 100 actual clinical cases and high-quality radiologic images to bring the subject to life. The third 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, so the practical knowledge of neuroanatomy is not soon forgotten.

New to this Edition

  • Includes over ten new or updated clinical cases reflecting the latest advances in the field
  • Provides fully updated references to important background literature
  • Features a new enhanced eBook with extensive integration of interactive art, and inline incorporation of video and media assets
  • Incorporates an interactive fill-in-the-blank anatomical study guide within the eBook

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

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction to Clinical Case Presentations
    2.Neuroanatomy Overview and Basic Definitions
    3.The Neurologic Exam as a Lesson in Neuroanatomy
    4.Introduction to Clinical Neuroradiology
    5.Brain and Environs: Cranium, Ventricles, and Meninges
    6.Corticospinal Tract and Other Motor Pathways
    7.Somatosensory Pathways
    8.Spinal Nerve Roots
    9.Major Plexuses and Peripheral Nerves
    10. Cerebral Hemispheres and Vascular Supply
    11. Visual System
    12. Brainstem I: Surface Anatomy and Cranial Nerves
    13. Brainstem II: Eye Movements and Pupillary Control
    14. Brainstem III: Internal Structures and Vascular Supply
    15. Cerebellum
    16. Basal Ganglia
    17. Pituitary and Hypothalamus
    18. Limbic System: Homeostasis, Olfaction, Memory and Emotion
    19. Higher-Order Cerebral Function
    Epilogue: A Simple Working Model of the Mind

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