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Lippincott's Illustrated Review of Neuroscience.

Lippincott's Illustrated Review of Neuroscience

Claudia Krebs, Joanne Weinberg, Elizabeth Akesson.

Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011.

ISBN:9781605473178. North American Edition. Softcover, 444 pages. RRP: $55.95

This is the latest title in the series of Lippincott's Illustrated Review books. There is a companion website which once logged onto will allow you to read the full text online and have access to an interactive online test. The online test consists of the same set of questions and answers as there are in the book.

The book is not directed at or specific to physiotherapy, rather it is aimed at all medical health professionals. It provides a detailed and up-to-date overview of neurophysiology and neuroanatomy relating to the human body. There are many simple and easy to read illustrations throughout the book which are aided by good explanations in the text.

The book initially reviews the neurophysiology of the central, peripheral and visceral nervous systems, the spinal cord, brainstem and ascending sensory and descending motor tracks. It then goes into more specific subjects of control of eye movements, innervations of the head and neck and hearing and balance. The neuroanatomy is detailed and describes the cerebral cortex, the thalamus, the visual system, basal ganglia and the cerebellum. Finally the book links it all together with the integration of the motor control, hypothalamus and limbic system, smell, taste and pain. At regular points throughout the book there are also highlighted sections linking what you have just read in the text with its relevant clinical application. This not only kept my interest but gave me a better understanding of why the core text is applicable to me in the medical setting.

Each chapter is set up in the same way giving good bullet points and bold typing the key words to break up the topics. At the end of chapter there is a concise summary and a series of questions/answers designed to test your knowledge of what you have just read. The questions are a useful exercise as they try and pick important points from the chapter and also apply it into a scenario that could happen in the clinical setting.

Neuroscience is not the most easily digested subject to plough through. However, the book is laid out in clear chapters which make it a more manageable subject and not as daunting as some neuroscience texts can be. The book would provide a good foundation or resource text for either the under or post graduate physiotherapist wanting to brush up on or study in more depth their neuroscience.

Jenny Kyle, BSc(Hons)



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Author:Kyle, Jenny
Publication:New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy
Article Type:Book review
Date:Mar 1, 2012
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