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.
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.
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. Many books that concentrate on clinical correlations treat the anatomy as almost an afterthought and that is certainly not the case here with detailed schematics, drawings and images showing all the relevant and necessary anatomy. Another highlight is the inclusion of high quality neuroradiological images to complement the traditional gross sections. In the hospital setting most physicians are confronted by neuroanatomy via CT scans or MRIs and the heavy inclusion of this material make this book a must read not only for medical and graduate students but for residents and fellows as well.
Taking advantage of new media there is an online supplement […]that emphasizes the clinical cases and how the site of lesions can be determined using the standard neurological exam. Throughout the text (including a dedicated chapter) there are clear examples of Dr. Blumenfeld conducting the neurological exam that are relevant to the anatomical area detailed in the chapter. For the student there are study guides at the end of each chapter to make sure important details are learned. Well organized additional readings are suggested by topic for all the important issues covered in the preceding chapter.
As the director of a Clinical Neuropsychology program I had enthusiastically recommended the first edition to our students and I will continue to do so for the new and improved second edition.
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.
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.
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.
Product Details :
- 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: 11 x 8.5 x 1.3 inches