This comprehensive, easily read text on motor control fills a gap between basic physiology textbooks and exhaustive research volumes. All chapters in the new edition have been updated and revised, particularly those on the functional consequences of reflexes, the cerebral cortex, the cerebellum and the basal ganglia. A new chapter on locomotion and balance has been added. Throughout the text basic science is related to neurological diseases of the motors system eg. Parkinson's disease. The book is organized systematically: CNS structures are discussed in ascending order from the spinal cord to cerebral cortex. This book should be of interest to students in physiology, sports science, neurology and physiotherapy.
`Control of human voluntary movement is a difficult and even at times obscure subject ... or so I thought before I got round to reading John Rothwell's excellent pocket-sized textbook on the subject. ... The subject matter could too easily lapse into introspection, but Rothwell maintains the reader's interest by including excellent diagrams and illustrations and a fair amount of pathophysiology.'
`The author provides a comprehensive, unbiased review of current experimental evidence and theories.'
Introduction - plans, strategies and actions; mechanical properties of muscles; the motor unit; proprioceptors in muscle, joint and skin; reflex pathways in the spinal cord; investigating reflex pathways and their function; ascending and descending pathways of the spinal cord; posture; cerebral cortex; the cerebellum; the basal ganglia.
Number Of Pages: 520
Published: 31st December 1993
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.67
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised