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The Human Nervous System, 3e


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A definitive account of human neuroanatomy, with comprehensive coverage of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system

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I: Evolution and Development Brain evolution, Nervous system, Fetal Development of the central nervous system, Development of the peripheral nervous system II: PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEM AND SPINAL CORD Peripheral motor system, Peripheral autonomic pathways, Spinal cord: cyto and chemo architecture, Spinal cord: connection III: BRAINSTEM AND CEREBELLUM Organization of human brain stem nuclei, Reticular formation: eye movements gaze and blinks, Periaqueductal gray, Raphe nuclei, Locus coeruleus, Substantia nigra, ventral tegmental area and retrobrul field, The brainstem cholinergic system, Cerebellum and precerebellar nuclei IV: DIENCEPHALON, BASAL GANGLIA, BASAL FOREBRAIN AND AMYGDALA Hypothalamus, Hypophysis, Circumventricular organs, Thalamus, The basal ganglia Basal forebrain, Amygdala V: CORTEX Architecture of the human cerebral cortex, Hippocampal formation, Cingulate gyrus, The frontal cortex/ lobes, Motor cortex, Posterior parietal cortex, Temporal cortex, Lower Brain Stem Regulation of Visceral, Cardiovascular and Respiratory Function VI: SYSTEMS Somatosensory system, Trigeminal sensory system, Pain system, Gustatory system, Olfaction, Vestibular system, Auditory system, Visual system, Emotional system, Cerebral vascular system

About the Author

Jurgen Konrad Mai studied medicine in Freiburg, Germany, Vienna and UT Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, U.S.A. Student and Medical practices in Freiburg (Clinic for Neurosurgery), Berlin and Dusseldorf. Dissertation ("summa cum laude") and habilitation were awarded by the University of Dusseldorf: After a period as GP in private practice (Titisee-Neustadt) he became scientific assistant and senior assistant at the C. and O. Vogt-Institute for Brain Research, University of Dusseldorf (1972 - 1983) and 1983 Professor of Neuroanatomy at the Institute of Neuroanatomy, H.-Heine-University of Dusseldorf. He served as director of the Department of the Institute of Anatomy 1 until retirement in 2011. The main research interests are (i) the structural and molecular anatomy of the mammalian brain, especially of the human brain and (ii) expression patterns and regulation of terminal carbohydrates in development, cell activation and disease (III) operation planning in stereotactic neurosurgery. He works on a "Digital Brain Atlas for Planning and Interindividual Registration of Targets in Deep Brain Stimulation" and on a "Spatial Information Management Resource for the Human Brain". J. K. Mai has edited the catalogue of human brain sections from the Vogt collection; he is author and editor of several books, e.g. the awarded "Atlas of the Human Brain" with CD-ROM (Academic Press/Elsevier, San Diego), "The Human Nervous System" (Academic Press/Elsevier, San Diego, Amsterdam, 3rd ed. 2012), Funktionelle Anatomie fur Zahnmediziner (Quintessenz, Berlin, 2nd. ed. 2008; Sensi Divini (ital., engl., ger, russ. eds). J. K. Mai is CEO of MR-X-Brain GmbH. Professor George Paxinos, AO (BA, MA, PhD, DSc) completed his BA at The University of California at Berkeley, his PhD at McGill University, and spent a postdoctoral year at Yale University. He is the author of almost 50 books on the structure of the brain of humans and experimental animals, including The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates, now in its 7th Edition, which is ranked by Thomson ISI as one of the 50 most cited items in the Web of Science. Dr. Paxinos paved the way for future neuroscience research by being the first to produce a three-dimensional (stereotaxic) framework for placement of electrodes and injections in the brain of experimental animals, which is now used as an international standard. He was a member of the first International Consortium for Brain Mapping, a UCLA based consortium that received the top ranking and was funded by the NIMH led Human Brain Project. Dr. Paxinos has been honored with more than nine distinguished awards throughout his years of research, including: The Warner Brown Memorial Prize (University of California at Berkeley, 1968), The Walter Burfitt Prize (1992), The Award for Excellence in Publishing in Medical Science (Assoc Amer Publishers, 1999), The Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research (2001), The Alexander von Humbolt Foundation Prize (Germany 2004), and more.

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