Nervous system: part 3
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Nervous system: part 3

Alistair Farley Retired, was lecturer in nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland
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
Charles Hendry Retired, was senior lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee

This article, which forms part of the life sciences series and is the last of three articles on the nervous system, explores the major divisions of the peripheral nervous system. Motor and sensory nerves will be described before a more detailed examination of the cranial and spinal nerves is provided. The autonomic nervous system will be explored, including the diverse roles of the parasympathetic and sympathetic divisions. The role of spinal reflexes in maintaining homeostasis is identified. Motor neurone disease will be discussed briefly as an example of a disorder of the peripheral nervous system.

Nursing Standard. 28, 33,46-50. doi: 10.7748/ns2014.04.28.33.46.e8187

Received: 06 August 2013

Accepted: 25 November 2013

Published in print: 16 April 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review