Book Title: Neuroscience for Pre-Clinical Students

Author: Renee J. LeClair

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Book Description: Neuroscience for Pre-Clinical Students covers neuroenergetics, neurotransmitters, neuropeptides, and selected amino acid metabolism and degradation. This USMLE-aligned text is designed for a first-year undergraduate medical course and is meant to provide the essential biochemical information from these content areas in a concise format to enable students to engage in an active classroom. Hence, it does not cover neurophysiology and neuroanatomy; and clinical correlates and additional application of content are intended to be provided in the classroom experience. The text assumes that the students will have completed medical school prerequisites (including the MCAT) in which they will have been introduced to the most fundamental concepts of biology and chemistry that are essential to understand the content presented here. With its focus on high-yield concepts, this resource will assist the learner later in medical school and for exam preparation.

This text was created specifically for use by pre-clinical students at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and was based on faculty experience and peer review to guide development and hone important topics.

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Neuroscience for Pre-Clinical Students
Renee J. LeClair
Anita Walz
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Suggested citation: LeClair, Renée J. (2022) Neuroscience for Pre-Clinical Students. Roanoke: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Licensed with CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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Publication Cataloging Information:
Renée LeClair, author
Neuroscience for Pre-Clinical Students
Pages cm
ISBN 978-1-949373-80-6 (PDF)
ISBN 978-1-949373-81-3 (ePub)
ISBN 978-1-949373-84-4 (Print)
ISBN 978-1-949373-82-0 (Pressbooks)
URI (Universal Resource Identifier):
1. Neurochemistry — Textbooks
I. Title
QP356.3 $b .L43 2022

Disclaimer: The information in this textbook is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to take the place of medical care, diagnoses, or services. Please see your health care provider about any health concerns.

Cover Art: Brain  CC BY by Mahmure Alp from The Noun Project.

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Pre-clinical medicine: basic sciences
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in association with Virginia Tech Publishing
Publication Date
February 2, 2022
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