Question for neurosurg residents: best way to learn neuroanatomy?

Discussion in 'Neurosurgery' started by ernest wright, Jan 14, 2007.

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  1. ernest wright

    ernest wright New Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    orange county, ca
    Last edited: May 6, 2011
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  3. mpp

    mpp SDN Moderator Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2001
    Portland, OR
    Get a good atlas. There are many. Learning neuroanatomy is for the most part memorization. To make it a bit easier you can try starting with big things...learn those first, then break it down to even smaller details. Don't go deeper into the details until you've mastered the previous material. Draw your own figures until you can do it in your sleep. Learn neuroanatomy from both pictures of real anatomical sections and MRI slices in different planes. You need to learn the basic anatomy before moving on to the functional aspects although at times it is easier to learn both together. Don't forget spinal cord sections.

    Pathways are a matter of memorization also. Start with the simple and most important and learn them cold before moving on to the more obscure and convoluted.
  4. danielmd06

    danielmd06 Neurosomnologist 7+ Year Member

    Sep 9, 2006
    I am not a neurosurgeon (neurologist rather), but neuroanatomy is a particular hobby of mine.

    The advice you have already received is very sound.

    Atlases? There are many sources to choose from.

    My personal favorite is by Duane E. Haines, PhD. It's Neuroanatomy: An Atlas of Structures, Sections, and Systems. The sixth edition is the most current.

    Another favorite is by Albert Rhoton, MD. It's essentially a hardback compendium titled Cranial Anatomy and Surgical Approaches that was originally presented in two supplementary issues of Neurosurgery in September of 2000, and October of 2002.

    You might also like Atlas of the Human Skull, by H. Wayne Sampson, John L. Montgomery, and Gary L. Henryson.

    All make for excellent reading (if you happen to like this flavor of topic).
  5. ernest wright

    ernest wright New Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    orange county, ca
    mpp and daniel,

    thank you both for your kind and helpful advice! I will definitely take it to heart and i am sure that it will prove to be of great benefit. thanks again!


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