The Other Brain: From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries About the Brain are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science


Description

The Other Brain: From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries About the Brain are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science
by R. Douglas Fields, PhD

8.0 hours of CE Credit                      Cost = $80.00

(Cost includes test only - book must be purchased separately.   See below for more details and a link to Amazon's page for this book)

Intermediate level

59-question true/false + multiple choice test


This book looks at a part of the brain that has been largely ignored until recently – the glia cells.  It is a fascinating account of these cells and their many functions and involvement in health and disease, and also an illustration of the tendency science sometimes has to overlook important information or ignore paths of research because they do not fit into the currently accepted dogma or paradigm.
 
The book is divided into three sections.  The first describes the history of our knowledge of the other brain (glial cells) dating back to Ramon y Cajal who beautifully and painstakingly drew them in the late 1800s.  It then brings us up to date with information about current research into the function of the glial cells and their importance in the nervous system. 


Section two focuses on ways in which the glial cells repair damage to the nervous system, protect neurons and may be implicated in the neurological processes associated with issues such as Alzheimers, pain and addiction. 


Section three describes ways the glial cells may be involved in learning, thought and memory and discusses future directions for research.   

The book is well written and accessible. It would be of interest to anyone who is interested in the functioning of the nervous system and in neurological injury and disease.  Having a basic background in neuroscience would be helpful, but is not necessary when reading this book.  It should be of interest to neuropsychologists, as well as other types of professionals who work with clients having neurological disorders or injuries, or clients who have issues around memory or thinking and learning. The book is well researched and includes extensive documentation in the endnotes and bibliography.

Course objectives:

1.    To be able to name and describe the functions of at least two kinds of glial cells in the central nervous system.

2.    To be able to name and describe the functions of at least one kind of glial cell in the peripheral nervous system.

3.    To be able to describe two ways in which glial cells participate in communication within the nervous system.

4.    To be able to comment on the observation that although glial cells were seen and described in the 1800s we are only now beginning to understand their importance and functions.

5.    To be able to describe how glial cells may be involved in at least two neurodegenerative disorders.

6.    To be able to describe how glial cells may be involved in memory functions and thought processes.

371 pages; 309 pages of text + Glossary, Notes, Chapter-by-chapter bibliography and index.

R. Douglas Fields, PhD is the Chief of the Section on Nervous System Development and Plasticity a the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a part of the National Institutes of Health.  He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program and the University of Maryland.  Dr. Fields is the founder and editor of th the scientific journal Neuron Glia Biology, and is a scientific advisor to Scientific American Mind and Odyssey magazines.  He is an internationally recognized authority on neuron-glia interactions, brain development, and cellular mechanisms of memory.