Nervous system: part 2
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Nervous system: part 2

Charles Hendry Retired, was senior lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland
Alistair Farley Retired, was lecturer in nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee
Ella McLafferty Retired, was senior lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee
Carolyn Johnstone Lecturer in nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee

This article, which forms part of the life sciences series and is the second of three articles on the nervous system, explores the major divisions of the brain and their functions. The various ways in which the delicate structures of the brain and spinal cord are protected and supported by the cranial and vertebral bones, the meninges and the cerebrospinal fluid are examined. Neuroglia (glial cells), which form a major component of the total volume of brain tissue, are described. Dementia is discussed briefly to illustrate the effects of a common central nervous system disorder.

Correspondence c.c.johnstone@dundee.ac.uk

Nursing Standard. 28, 32,45-49. doi: 10.7748/ns2014.04.28.32.45.e7931

Received: 29 May 2013

Accepted: 02 September 2013

Published in print: 09 April 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review