Unravelling the Nervous System Part 1: Introduction & Presenting Complaints
It was Sir Jay Holder, who once said, “The nervous system holds the key to the body’s incredible potential to heal itself.” This is clarified by Dr. Hahnemann himself in §16 of the Organon of Medicine, where he says, “… spirit-like alternative powers of the serviceable medicines acting upon our spirit-like vital force, which perceives them through the medium of the sentient faculty of the nerves everywhere present in the organism …” So, these two quotes must tell you the role played by the human nervous system in healing the sick. But, the human nervous system is not only important, it is also very complex. So, this course aims to unravel the nervous system – each and every part of it. We will try to deconstruct the whole machinery of the nervous system in an attempt to study it in detail. Beginning with detailed discussion on the functional anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, we will go through the Clinical Examination and Investigations for neurological disorders, and finally, we will study the common presenting complaints that patients with neurological disorder present with.
The course will begin with a revision of the functional anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. Over a few modules, the functional anatomy of all the components of the Nervous System including Cerebral Hemispheres, Basal Ganglia, Limbic System, Thalamus, Hypothalamus, Internal Capsule, Brainstem, Cerebellum, Spinal Cord & it’s Tracts, CSF, Sensory and Motor Peripheral Nervous System and Autonomic Nervous System will be discussed. Physiology of Pain, Sphincter Control, Vision, Speech and Sleep follows after that. Cranial Nerves, Reflexes & Higher Intellectual Functions will then be discussed separately owing to the vastness of these topics. After being acquainted with the functional anatomy and physiology, we will discuss the clinical examination and latest investigations that are used for neurological disorders. The next few modules will deal with the presenting complaints in extreme detail. These modules will discuss headache, delirium, amnesia, weakness, paralysis, altered balance and vertigo, disorders of perception, sleep disorders, disorders of movement and gait, to name a few.
- 1. Introduction to the Nervous System FREE 43 min
When it comes to the importance of nervous system, there is another great quote by Alfred Korzybski, which says, “God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won’t.” It’s already understood that nervous system has an important role in the healing process. But, our lifestyle changes and other harmful activities we undertake knowingly, damage this nervous system in ways unimaginable. So, in an era, when lifestyle disorders and unhealthy habits are on the rise, with no hopes of coming down, as physicians, we should be well aware of the impact these have on the nervous system. And, as already explained in §16 by our founding father, Dr. Hahnemann, our medicines act quickly through the medium of nervous system, regardless of the mode of administration. So, for the sake of humanity and for the perfect cure, we have to find ways to keep our nervous system in as pristine a condition as possible.
Beneficiaries: UG/PG Students
A. The course primarily deals with the presenting complaints of neurological disorders and all other related features. But, it also discusses the functional anatomy and physiology to give the learners a revision, helping them grab the content of the course better and faster.
B. This course also delves into the clinical examination and investigations for neurological disorders and complaints, which helps the learner make faster diagnosis and give correct advice to the patients