Assume you are a medical student specializing in neurology.
Now imagine that at the hospital where you are getting your training, a patient scheduled for brain surgery has volunteered to permit you, under supervision of the senior neurosurgeon, to explore her brain while she is awake under local anesthesia (the standard procedure used in human brain surgery since brain tissue itself has no pain receptors, so deadening the scalp and skull is sufficient).
In fact, the use of local anesthesia, so the patient can stay awake, is a real standard practice during brain surgery so the patient can report to the surgeon what he or she is experiencing while various brain areas are electrically stimulated by the surgeon using a pencil-size electrode.
Here’s your task:
Using last week’s lecture, Imagine that you are starting at the top of the spinal cord of this female patient and working your way up into her brain. Report, as your response to this main topic in this conference, major brain structures you encounter, in order, as you proceed up and forward. Your report should include 7-12 main structures. For each structure also report a sentence or two about its function. You might like to also tell what would happen if you borrowed the pencil-size electrode and stimulated the brain structure in question in this conscious woman patient. SEE MY LECTURE LAST WEEK, as well as the text for help finding your way.
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