Imagine that you are working in a neurology clinic. One of the neurologists tells you that as his or her practice is expanding, he or she is having difficulty meeting the education needs of his or her patients. Part of this problem is explaining the basic neuroanatomical structures to the patients in laypersons language so that they understand their diagnoses and their underlying neurological impairments. The neurologist asks you to create a written guide for the patients, including both the CNS and the PNS. He or she describes what the basic neuroanatomical structures are, where they are located, how they interact, and what function they serve.
He or she asks you to name the structures by using the correct technical language but to use laypersons language as much as possible elsewhere.
Your neuroanatomy guide should cover the following:
- Basic neuroanatomical structures (including the CNS and the PNS, as well as the structural packaging that protects the brain from the environment)
- Locations of these structures
- Functions they serve (what functions damage to these areas may affect)
- How they interact