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Cranial Nerves: Anatomy, Pathology, Imaging
Authors: Devin K. Binder, D. Christian Sonne, and Nancy J. Fischbein
Pages: 248, 469 illustrations  Soft Cover
ISBN: 9781588904027
Thieme  2010
List Price:  $89.95

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Medical Science Books .com Medical book review:

     Cranial Nerves: Anatomy, Pathology, Imaging fills a traditional void in the clinical neuroscience literature. Few titles have devoted complete coverage to the cranial nerves and none of these have included such an array of CT and MRI images of the brain.

     The text is organized into discrete chapters, each dedicated to one of the 12 cranial nerves, complete with clinical case studies and imaging examples, making it an absolutely essential reference for the Neurology and Neuroradiology boards.  This same feature also makes the text valuable to medical students learning to identify and correlate the functions of the cranial nerves for the first time, especially since the current trend in medical education includes early exposure to imaging modalities.   

     Although plentiful, imaging photos do not take away from the inclusion of high quality diagrams representing the neuroanatomical relationships between the cranial nerves and surrounding brain structures.  Particularly noteworthy is Appendix A which succinctly covers the complex realm of brainstem anatomy and function.  Also important to the pedagogical goals of the book are imaging and clinical pearls set apart from the main text which aid  the reader in  “connecting  the dots” between the normal and pathological condition.

     Overall, Cranial Nerves: Anatomy, Pathology is a unique, and thus important, addition to the Neurological as well as medical education literature. 

From the Publisher:

  • This beautifully illustrated book combines a detailed exposition of the anatomy and function of the cranial nerves with practical coverage of clinical concepts for the assessment and differential diagnosis of cranial nerve dysfunction. An introductory chapter provides a brief overview of cranial nerve anatomy and function, skull base anatomy, classification of pathologies, and imaging approaches. Each of the twelve chapters that follow is devoted to in-depth coverage of a different cranial nerve. These chapters open with detailed discussion of the various functions of each nerve and normal anatomy. The authors then describe common lesions and present a series of cases that are complemented by CT images and MRIs to illustrate disease entities that result in cranial nerve dysfunction.

  • Concise descriptions in a bulleted outline format enable rapid reading and review
  • Tables synthesize key information related to anatomy, function, pathology, and imaging
  • More than 300 high-quality illustrations and state-of-the-art CT and MR images demonstrate important anatomic concepts and pathologic findings
  • Pearls emphasize clinical information and key imaging findings for diagnosis and treatment
  • Appendices include detailed information on brainstem anatomy, pupil and eye movement control, parasympathetic ganglia, and cranial nerve reflexes

    This book is an indispensable reference for practicing physicians and trainees in neurosurgery, neurology, neuroradiology, radiology, and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. It will also serve as a valuable resource for students seeking to gain a solid understanding of the anatomy, function, and pathology of the cranial nerves.
  • Table of Contents:




    Chapter 1: Olfactory Nerve

    Chapter 2: Optic Nerve

    Chapter 3: Oculomotor Nerve

    Chapter 4: Trochlear Nerve

    Chapter 5: Trigeminal Nerve

    Chapter 6: Abducens Nerve

    Chapter 7: Facial Nerve

    Chapter 8: Vestibulocochlear Nerve

    Chapter 9: Glossopharyngeal Nerve

    Chapter 10: Vagus Nerve

    Chapter 11: Accessory Nerve

    Chapter 12: Hypoglossal Nerve

    Appendix A: The Brainstem
    Appendix B: The Pupil
    Appendix C: Parasympathetic Ganglia
    Appendix D: Cranial Nerve Reflexes



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