The featured blog is “Neuropathology Blog” by Dr. Brian Moore M.D. In the ‘About Me’ section, Dr. Moore describes himself as an assistant professor at Southern Illinois university school of medicine in the department of pathology and at neurology. On the right side of the panel, Moore provides Twitter updates and there is also a ‘Neo Counter’ which shows the great variety of countries from which his readers originate. The blog archive begins in October and Moore emphasises how his focus will be on the practice of neuropathology. The indexing means that it is easy to navigate and the articles are shown in their entirety without needing to click on ‘more’ which also increases accessibility. At the very bottom of the page there is a useful set of the links to other useful internet resources for neuropathologists.
Moore’s postings are invariably technical but I found them quite useful in gaining insights into how the neuropathologist might look at familiar topics (particularly dementia) from a slightly different perspective. Here for instance is the culmination of a series of postings about some research on dementia published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. There are useful links to relevant websites such as this one containing a neuropathology course complete with Multiple Choice Questions. Moore also makes it easier to learn intricate technical details by selecting material that helps the student. For instance in this posting there is an amusing metaphor for remembering the sensory mapping that occurs in the Medial Lemniscus as it traverses the medulla, pons and midbrain.
In this article Moore looks at the fascinating spindle neurons (also known as the von economo neurons) which are found in animals with large brains mainly the greater apes also whales and dolphins and being found also in the insular cortex and anterior cingulate cortex. Moore writes the speculative suggestion that the spindle neurons may in some way be related to the development of social disinhibition. What is particularly interesting about Moore is that his thoughts and discussions in the articles are quickly translated into practice and he is then able to feedback his experiences. For instance in this article he follows up on the previous article on the Von Economo neurons by visualising the neurons in a case series of three and illustrates this with a photomicrograph.
Through his blog, Moore provides us with a fascinating insight into the practice of neuropathology and also provides the reader with valuable learning resources for further reading. Moore also tells us about some of the practitioners through interviews or commentaries which makes this quite engaging.
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