What this Module Involves
This module first covers the essential anatomy of the head and neck, before understanding the various subdivisions of the central and peripheral nervous system. We then go through a range of neurological drugs: anaesthetics, GABA drugs and dopaminergic enhancers. The next section involves looking at some of the most important investigations and tests including the Glasgow Coma Scale. We then go through the neurological conditions, starting with vascular disorders like strokes before covering a range of neurodegenerative diseases and infections.
This starts with a quick overview of the cranial nerves. We then go through the various subdivisions of the central and nervous system (autonomic and somatic) which is further divided into sensory and motor. The final section involves looking at the anatomy of the eye and visual pathway.
Section 2: pharmacology
This first covers both general and local anaesthetics – we study their mechanism of action and side effects. The next aspect involves studying the drugs which mimic or block Ach and Na respectively. After this, we focus on central acting agents modulating GABA and Dopaminergic activity.
Section 3: Tests and investigations
This starts with looking at how the Glasgow Coma Scale works and can be used to assess a patient’s level of consciousness. We also understand the principles behind how nerve conduction studies and EMG work. Finally we look at how brain death is assessed and certified.
This starts by going through the vascular disorders, such as intracranial bleeds and strokes. It then goes through neurodegenerative disorders, specific nerve conditions, CNS infections like meningitis, headaches, different types of brain tumours and then eye and ear conditions.
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