A neuroanatomical comparison: Blumenfeld’s Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases vs. Snell’s Clinical Neuroanatomy
Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
Second Year Medicine (Undergraduate)
University of Adelaide
Joule is passionate about education, from both teaching and learning perspectives. He currently
enjoys studying neurology and being involved in educational and peer tutoring programmes run
by the Adelaide Medical Students’ Society. In the longer term, he plans to incorporate the field of
Medical Education in his future career.
Blumenfeld H. Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases, Second Edition. Sunderland: Sinauer Associates; 2010.
As stated by Sparks and colleagues  in their comparison of Clinically Oriented Anatomy and Gray’s Anatomy for Students, studying anatomy can be a challenging endeavour. This is true even more so for the study of neuroanatomy, which many students find particularly overwhelming. In the neuroanatomy textbook arena stand two ‘gold standard’ textbooks: Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases, by Hal Blumenfeld, and Clinical Neuroanatomy, by Richard Snell. Inspired by the aforementioned comparative anatomy textbook review in the previous issue of the journal, I ponder the question: Which neuroanatomy textbook is superior, the more established Snell or the newer Blumenfeld?
I begin my comparison with a consideration of their similarities…