Neuroanatomy for the Psychiatrist: Introduction | Cerebral Cortex | Subcortical Areas | Conclusion | Key Points | Suggested Readings | References
As science and technology have improved with
time, so has their application to psychiatry and mental illness.
Conditions once believed to be the result of environmental influences
are now understood for their biological basis and heritability.
As structural and functional neuroimaging and genetics become more
entwined in modern medicine, it has become more and more evident
that practicing psychiatrists need to understand basic neuroanatomy
and its relationship to psychiatric disease. The purpose of this
chapter is to serve as a visual refresher. Medical informatics research
has found that appropriate use of images and color-coding of information
promote assimilation of large amounts of dense, detailed scientific
knowledge. Thus, we have integrated colored visual graphics as a
means to review neuroanatomical detail. The primary learning venue
is thus the figures, with limited text to clarify some details.
For more detailed anatomical maps and circuit drawings, the interested
reader may refer to the reference list at the end of the chapter.