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6th Edition

Carpenter's Neurophysiology
A Conceptual Approach

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ISBN 9780367340605
August 24, 2021 Forthcoming by CRC Press
338 Pages 585 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Neurophysiology: A Conceptual Approach offers a refreshing alternative to ‘learning by rote’. Under new authorship, the sixth edition preserves the legacy of the original author, the late Roger Carpenter, retaining the concise approach and readable style so central to its predecessors. Integrating the disciplines of neurology and neuroscience with an emphasis on principles and functional concepts, this comprehensive textbook covers the entire subject of neurophysiology, from the conduction of nerve impulses to the higher functions of the brain, within a single accessible volume.

Key Features:

  • Everything the student of medicine or physiology needs to understand neurophysiology.
  • Blends successfully the principles of neuroscience with clinical manifestations in line with modern undergraduate curriculums.
  • Revised and updated, with a particular focus on proprioception, skin sense and hearing, including developments in cochlear implants, and functional MRI
  • Over 500 illustrations, accompanied by full figure legends, also available as a download for use in presentations.
  • Print and bundled eBook offer complete flexibility.

Full of explanatory colour diagrams, the book remains an unrivalled ‘one-stop shop’ for students of medicine, physiology and applied physiology, neurophysiology, neuroscience, and other bioscience disciplines seeking an integrated introduction to the challenging disciplines of neuroscience and neurology.

Table of Contents

Preface to the sixth edition

Preface to the fifth edition

Preface to the fourth edition

Preface to the third edition

Preface to the first and second editions

Part I: Neural mechanisms

1. The study of the brain

2. Communication within neurons

3. Communication between neurons

Part II: Sensory functions

4. Skin sense

5. Proprioception

6. Hearing

7. Vision

8. Smell and taste

Part III: Motor functions

9. Motor systems

10. Local motor control

11. The control of posture

Part IV: Higher functions

12. Higher motor control

13. Associational cortex and memory

14. Motivation and the control of behaviour

Appendix: Techniques for studying the brain


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Dunecan Massey is Assistant Director of Studies in Medical Science; Bye-Fellow; Undergraduate Tutor; Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge, UK

Nick Cunniffe is a Neurology Specialty Registrar, Department of Neurology, Addenbrooke’s Hospital; Clinical Research Fellow, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Imran Noorani is a Neurosurgery NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow, Department of Neurosurgery, Addenbrooke’s Hospital and University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

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