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The Soccer Mom

A Case Study on the Nervous System


Author(s)

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 Areas

N/A

Educational Level

Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division

Format

PDF

Type / Methods

Interrupted

Language

English

Subject Headings

Physiology  |   Biology (General)  |  


Date Posted

04/19/05

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