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The Soccer Mom

A Case Study on the Nervous System



Co Authors:

Jennifer Bolognese
Department of Biology
Villanova University

Misti Coronel
Department of Biology
Villanova University

Anita Intorre
Department of Biology
Villanova University

Philip J. Stephens
Department of Biology
Villanova University
phil.stephens@villanova.edu

Abstract:

Phyllis Jackson has fainted on the soccer field. She thinks she is just dehydrated, but her husband is worried. He has noticed that she has been having difficulty concentrating at work and is forgetful at times at home. At his suggestion, Phyllis goes to the doctor, where a series of tests reveal that she is suffering from a neurological disorder. In this interrupted case study, students are presented with Phyllis’s signs and symptoms, which they must interpret in order to diagnosis her problem. The case was developed for use in a one-semester animal physiology course taken by sophomore and junior science majors. It could also be used in an anatomy and physiology course or in a freshman general biology course.

Objectives:
  • To appreciate the role of myelin and the implication of myelin degeneration.
  • To understand how action potentials are conducted along an axon.
  • To understand the function of chemical synapses.
Keywords: Myelin; chemical synapse; action potential; corticosteroid; auto-immune disease; neurodegenerative disease; nervous system
Topical Area: N/A
Educational Level: Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Interrupted
Language: English
Subject Headings: Physiology   Biology (General)  
Date Posted: 04/19/05
Date Modified: N/A
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