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Good for revision, 4 Oct. 2011
Neuroanatomy: AnIllustrated Colour Text is suggested as supplementary reading for the Neuroscience module at my Medical School. The fact that it's not recommended as our main Neuroanatomy textbook is probably down to its size (180 pages). However, this portability means that Crossman and Neary continues to be a popularly used as a revision book by the medical students in my school. The authors have carefully set the level of detail in the book so as to be readily accessible to students who are new to neuroscience.
The book is full of colourful, labelled diagrams of the brain and spinal cord. These diagrams are often supplemented with high-quality photographs of specimens, as well as images obtained from MRI scans of the brain. It's an easy book to find your way around; after a short introductory chapter, there are a further fifteen chapters, each dealing with a different aspect of the anatomy of the brain or nervous system. This organisation is particularly useful for revision.
Each chapter has subsections dealing with regional neuroanatomy, and following each subsection there is an orange box summarising the main points. Another attractive aspect is that the book is pitched directly at medical students. Blue boxes punctuate the text and describe medical conditions and procedures relevant to the topic under discussion. The book concludes with a useful, clinically-oriented, problem-solving chapter. This tests the student's understanding of the preceding material and underpins the importance of a thorough knowledge of neuroanatomy in interpreting the results of neurological examinations.