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“Essentials of Modern Neuroscience” written by UAB professors, bridges gap between basic and clinical neuroscience

  • June 11, 2020
The guide is unique in having separate, and extensive, basic versus clinical neuroscience sections, which support each other.

Modern2(Left to right, top to bottom) Franklin R. Amthor, Ph.D., Erik D. Roberson, M.D., Ph.D., Anne B. Theibert, Ph.D. and David G. Standaert, M.D., Ph.D.A group of University of Alabama at Birmingham professors have written an “authoritative guide to neuroscience,” designed for medical, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as health professionals. 

“Essentials of Modern Neuroscience” was created by Franklin R. Amthor, Ph.D., professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences; Anne B. Theibert, Ph.D., professor of neurobiology; David G. Standaert, M.D., Ph.D., John N. Whitaker Endowed Chair of the Department of Neurology; and Erik D. Roberson, M.D., Ph.D., Rebecca Gale Endowed Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology. Theibert and Amthor led the basic science section, while Roberson and Standaert led the clinical section. About 30 additional authors, mostly UAB faculty, wrote individual chapters. The book is published by McGraw-Hill Education.

The comprehensive textbook delivers knowledge and insight to build an understanding of neuroscience quickly and easily. Divided into two parts, it offers a thorough treatment of the anatomy and function of the nervous system, followed by extended treatment of nervous system disorders and therapeutics. Packed with 500 color illustrations, “Essentials of Modern Neuroscience” provides both clinical content and numerous cases in an engaging, simple-to-understand style, according to the book summary.  

It covers both basic science and clinical cases and bridges the gap between the two for full mastery of the topic, Amthor says.

“It is unique in having separate, and extensive, basic versus clinical neuroscience sections, which support each other,” Amthor said. “The layout of the basic science section gives an organized, detailed but accessible grounding in all of neuroscience as a background for the clinical sections. The clinical sections are written by experts in the various syndromes and cover those areas in great depth.” 

The guide is organized to mirror the way medical schools teach neuroscience and presents information in a way that fosters maximum retention. Unique chapters cover the full range of neurologic, neurosurgical, psychiatric, ophthalmologic and otologic diseases.