Clinical Applications of Human Neuroscience: A Laboratory Guide

Michael F Nolan, PhD PT

  • $45.95
  • ISBN 10 1-61711-643-2
  • ISBN 13 978-1-61711-643-8
  • 192 pp Soft Cover
  • Pub. Date: 2014
  • Order# 46438
Clinical Applications of Human Neuroscience: A Laboratory Guide is a succinct and clinically relevant guide for learning how to interpret and understand findings elicited on clinical examination. The guide offers a review of essential information on neurological examinations, perfectly blended with a structured set of clinically relevant exercises demonstrating the use and application of basic neuroanatomical and neurophysiological information in the performance and interpretation of exam results.

Dr. Michael F. Nolan organized Clinical Applications of Human Neuroscience around the basic elements of the neurological examination - sensory systems, motor systems, reflexes, and cranial nerves - with information that is useful in both performing the exam and interpreting the elicited findings. The exercises inside are designed as group activities, offering the opportunity for students to discern that most findings in clinical examinations are characterized by a range of responses in both normal individuals and persons with neurological abnormalities.

Inside Clinical Applications of Human Neuroscience, each chapter includes a series of neuroscience review questions that focus on the anatomical and physiological principles necessary to interpret exam findings. Also included are application exercises, modeled on the neurological examination, that directly link the basic principles with their clinical application.

Clinical Applications of Human Neuroscience: A Laboratory Guide is a one-of-a-kind reference perfect for physical therapist students, clinicians, medical students, and other health care professionals involved in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with neurological disorders.

About the Author 
How to Use This Manual 

Section I Sensory Systems 
Chapter 1 Anterolateral System 
Chapter 2 Lemniscal System 
Chapter 3 Cortical Sensory Functions 

Section II Motor Systems 
Chapter 4 Motor Function 
Chapter 5 Coordination, Station, and Gait 

Section III Reflexes 
Chapter 6 Muscle Stretch and Cutaneous Reflexes 

Section IV Cranial Nerves 
Chapter 7 Olfactory Nerve 
Chapter 8 Optic Nerve 
Chapter 9 Ocular Motor Nerves 

Chapter 10 Trigeminal Nerve 
Chapter 11 Facial Nerve 
Chapter 12 Cochlear Nerve 
Chapter 13 Vestibular Nerve 
Chapter 14 Glossopharyngeal and Vagus Nerves 
Chapter 15 Accessory Nerve 
Chapter 16 Hypoglossal Nerve 

Section V Mental Status 
Chapter 17 Consciousness 
Chapter 18 Attention 
Chapter 19 Orientation 
Chapter 20 Language Function 
Chapter 21 Learning and Memory 
Chapter 22 Cognitive Function 

Answer Key 


“Overall, this is a useful tool for students who have to learn how to evaluate and treat different components of the nervous system. It is formatted in a very organized way so that chapters can be incorporated into classes at appropriate stages.” 

        - Michelle Finnegan, DPT, OCS, MTC, CMTPT, FAAOMPT, Doody’s Review Service

Michael F. Nolan, PhD, PT received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Marquette University and a PhD in anatomy (neuroanatomy) from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Nolan is currently Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Basic Sciences at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute in Roanoke, Virginia. He is also Professor Emeritus of Pathology and Cell Biology in the Morsani School of Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he received numerous awards for teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate medical education levels, including the John M. Thompson, MD Outstanding Teacher Award in Neurosurgery.

He is the author of Clinical Applications of Human Anatomy: A Laboratory Guide and Cram Session in Functional Neuroanatomy: A Handbook for Students & Clinicians, both published by SLACK Incorporated, and Introduction to the Neurologic Examination.