A Brain is Born: Exploring the Birth and Development of the Central Nervous System

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North Atlantic Books, 1996 - Medical - 380 pages
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Witness the dramatic unfolding of the human form in all its potential. Join John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M., as he takes you from the union of sperm and egg through the development of the complex circuitry that makes up the human brain. You'll learn about birth, growth, function and dysfunction, and how all these aspects influence physical, mental, and emotional well-being. For easy reference, he also maps out the central nervous system and the functions of all its parts. You'll discover problems that can alter brain and spinal cord development in each of the first eight weeks of pregnancy, and then monthly right through delivery.A Brain Is Borndetails some of the insults and injuries that can affect the newborn and commonsense ways to avoid them. Perhaps most importantly, he provides an outline of simple physical tests that can help determine the status of a baby's nervous system, including a step-by-step process for treating potential problems through the use of CranioSacral Therapy and related therapeutic approaches. This breakthrough book empowers parents with knowledge to help them make practical decisions concerning the health of their children.
 

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Contents

Topic
14
Labor and Delivery of the Newborn
101
Inventory of Parts of the Central Nervous System
107
The Forebrain
133
The Lobes of the Cerebral Hemispheres
153
The Autonomic Nervous System
161
The Reticular Formation
169
The Pineal Gland
175
Cerebral Palsy
289
A MOdel by Paul D MacLean
292
The Foundation of the Triune Brain Model
295
The Reptilian Brain
299
Reptilian Brain Function
301
The Mammalian Brain
303
What the Mammalian Brain Does For You
305
Seizures
307

Myelin
183
General Considerations
209
Head Skull and Craniosacral System
215
The Brain
223
Evaluation of the VertebralSpinal Column and the Spinal Cord
239
Screening Tests
245
Muscle Tone and Motor Function
253
The Premature Infant
261
The FarReaching Effects of Traumatic Experiences of the Newborn Infants
263
COngenital Malformations
265
Viruses and Congenital Malformations
269
Other Factors That Cause Congenital Malformations
271
Drugs That Can Cause Congenital Malformations
273
Neural Tube Development and Malformations
275
The Causes of Neural Tube Closure Defects
277
Congenital Malformations of the Skull and Vertebral Column
279
Scoliosis
281
Congenital Hydrocephalus
283
Congenital Malformations of the Eye and the Ear
285
Brain Function and Dysfunction
287
The Neocortex
309
The Whole IS Greater Than the Sum Of Its Parts 31 1
311
The Whole
313
The Parts
317
Neurons Synapses and Glial Cells
319
The Neurotransmitters
323
Myelin
325
Closing Thought
327
Treatment of the Brain and Spinal COrd
329
CranioSacral Therapy
333
SomatoBmotional Release
335
Therapeutic Imagery and Dialogue
337
In Closing
339
References
341
GloSSary
345
Viii
373
Index
375
Xii
376
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John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M., founded CranioSacral Therapy and the Upledger Institute, Inc., in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He was a member of the Alternative Medicine Program Advisory Council at the National Institutes of Health. He is the author of Your Inner Physician and You and several textbooks on CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release.

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