Author: Clark-Bash, Rebecca J
Date published: March 1, 2012
Journal code: LCGN
Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases by Hal Blumenfeld, M.D., Ph.D., Sinauer Associates, Inc., Sunderland, Massachusetts, 2002, 951 pages. Price: $48.95 (paperback).
Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases is an extremely thorough and well organized navigation manual to the human body. Secondarily, correlations to case studies utilize learning tools which bring the information into the real world.
There are three unique aspects of each section of the text which I believe makes this a "must have" for a ready desk reference and also for preparation for board exams.
Brief Anatomic Study Guides accompany the basic material. This tool identifies the critical information within the chapter highlighting the most important content; the "meat" of the material. The links to neuroimaging tie this content to relevant imaging with high quality graphics and informational descriptions. The graphics for CT, MRI, and other images are accompanied by detailed descriptions.
Clinical cases offer first the patient history, followed by challenging questions to deduce the neuroanatomical location of the patient's lesion, and eventual diagnosis. Diagnostic "sleuthing" at its best.
Mnemonics and review exercises, not common in most anatomy texts, are the perfect tool to enhance board preparation. These tools alone set this apart from your average anatomy text.
Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases, in my opinion, is optimally designed to benefit neurodiagnostic care providers, students, and instructors interested in a practical and thoroughly enjoyable presentation of neuroanatomy.
Rebecca J. Clark-Bash, R. EEG/EP T., CNIM, CLTM, F.ASNM