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Wearing on Her Nerves

Exploring the Interrelation between the Nervous and Muscular Systems


Author(s)

Kathleen G. Brown
Nursing/Massage Therapy
CUNY Queensborough Community College
kcapogrosso36@tigermail.qcc.cuny.edu
Sharon S. Ellerton
Biological Sciences and Geology
CUNY Queensborough Community College
sellerton@qcc.cuny.edu

Abstract

This case study is designed to integrate important aspects of the nervous and muscular system portions of an anatomy and physiology course. Students follow the story of “Kathy,” whose symptoms involve both sensory and motor components of the nervous system. The students must recognize the key factors of nerve transmission, examine where there could be interruption, and recognize how the interruption would affect body function. They also need to identify the role that the nervous system plays in muscular function. Through the case, students explore the relationship between both body systems, consider how one affects the other, and discover how function can be affected by external factors.


Objectives

  • Understand the direction and components of a sensory impulse.
  • Understand the direction and components of a motor impulse.
  • Learn about the structure and function of myelin and Nodes of Ranvier.
  • Learn about the anatomy and physiology of muscle contraction.
  • Learn about the muscles involved in specific body movements.
  • Learn about the symptoms, indicators, and diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

Keywords

Nervous system; muscular system; neurophysiology; neuron; axon; myelin; myelin sheath; Nodes of Ranvier; nerve transmission; sensory function; motor function; motor impulse; muscle fiber; muscle contraction; multiple sclerosis; degenerative disease

Topical Areas

N/A

Educational Level

Undergraduate lower division, Professional, Clinical

Format

PDF

Type / Methods

Directed, Discussion, Student Presentations

Language

English

Subject Headings

Anatomy  |   Physiology  |   Nursing  |   Biology (General)  |   Medicine (General)  |   Neuroscience  |  


Date Posted

05/23/11

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