Cram Session in Functional Neuroanatomy: A Handbook for Students & Clinicians

Michael F. Nolan, PhD, PT

  • $41.95
  • ISBN 10 1617110094
  • ISBN 13 978-1617110092
  • 240 pp Soft Cover
  • Pub. Date: 2012
  • Order# 40092

When all you need is a basic understanding of the human nervous system, look to Cram Session in Functional Neuroanatomy: A Handbook for Students & Clinicians.

This handbook gives you basic information in a readily accessible format, as well as more detailed concepts that will allow you to better understand not only how the human nervous system works, but how injuries and disease affect experience and behavior, including cognitive and intellectual functions.

Cram Session in Functional Neuroanatomy: A Handbook for Students & Clinicians by Dr. Michael F. Nolan is a concise and illustrated quick reference that highlights important anatomical and physiological principles of the nervous system. These key points will enhance understanding of the nervous system and how specific populations of nerve cells and neural systems influence human experience and behavior.


  • Concise and focused explanations of topics specifically related to neuroanatomy
  • Topic self-assessment questions formatted as short answer exercises, ideal for exam review and preparation
  • List of laboratory structures – an excellent tool to aid faculty with additional methods of learning
  • More than 75 photographs and illustrations

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Cram Session in Functional Neuroanatomy: A Handbook for Students & Clinicians is a perfect text for physical therapy students and other medical and health professionals in neurology and neurosurgery.

  • Dedication

  • Acknowledgements

  • Section I: Structure and Organization of the Nervous System

  • Neurocytology

  • Neuroglia

  • Gross Brain and Brainstem

  • About the Author

  • Thalamus

  • Introduction

  • Spinal Cord

  • Reticular Formation

  • Peripheral Nervous System—Structure and Organization

  • Peripheral Nervous System—Afferent Cells

  • Peripheral Nervous System—Efferent Cells

  • Peripheral Nervous System—Responses to Injury

  • Neuroembryology

  • Section II: Functional Organization of the Sensory Systems

  • Overview of the Sensory Systems

  • Anterolateral System

  • Lemniscal System

  • Section III: Functional Organization of the Somatic Motor System

  • Overview of the Motor System

  • Lower Motor Neurons

  • Muscle Spindles and Golgi Tendon Organs

  • Muscle Tone

  • Reflexes—Myotatic and Cutaneous

  • Upper Motor Neurons

  • Cerebellum

  • Basal Nuclei

  • Section IV: Functional Organization of the Somatic Motor System

  • Autonomic Nervous System

  • Hypothalamus

  • Functional Organization of the Cranial Nerves

  • Overview of the Cranial Nerves

  • Olfactory System

  • Visual System

  • Visual Reflexes

  • Ocular Motor System—Ocular Muscles and Movements

  • Ocular Motor System—Binocular Mechanisms

  • Ocular Motor System—Volitional and Pursuit Movements

  • Trigeminal Nerve

  • Facial Nerve

  • Vestibular System

  • Bulbar Cranial Nerves

  • Section VI: Cortical Organization and Higher Brain Functions

  • Cerebral Cortex and Subcortical White Matter

  • Language

  • Apraxia and Agnosia

  • Consciousness

  • Section VII: The Neuronal Environment

  • Meninges and Dural Venous Sinuses

  • Regulation of Cerebral Blood Flow

  • Ventricles and Cerebrospinal Fluid

  • Intracranial Pressure/Volume Relationships

  • Index

“Compared to textbooks on this topic, this handbook makes functional neuroanatomy easy to understand, presenting it in a concise and clear manner. The author has filtered the detailed information and provided a simple review and summary. I recommend this book for practicing clinicians and students who are in the process of learning and understanding neuroanatomy. It is easy to understand and it provides an excellent overview.”

        -Sylvia Ann Mehl, BS, MS, Doody's Review Services

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 Director of Assessment at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute in Roanoke, Virginia, where he holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Basic Science. He is also Professor Emeritus of Pathology and Cell Biology at the University of South Florida, where he received numerous teaching awards for both undergraduate and graduate medical education, including the John M. Thompson, MD Outstanding Teacher Award in Neurosurgery.

He is the author of Introduction to the Neurologic Examination and Clinical Applications of Human Anatomy.

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