If you’re new to pain management – iv


I don’t know about you, but one subject I struggled with for ages was neuroanatomy. I’m not sure why, but the names and functions just did not stick. I’m glad that there are now some new ways to learn the details! One resource I want to point to today is HEAL, or Health Education Assets Library. This is a ‘digital library that provides freely accessible digital teaching resources of the highest quality that meet the needs of today’s health sciences educators and learners’ – and it contains reviewed material, with about 22,427 resources that you can be directed to, including elearning materials such as ‘neurons’ from Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

And if you’re wondering why it’s important to know this stuff? Well for one, pain is in the brain (well, the central nervous system) so it’s important to at least have a working knowledge of afferent and efferent pathways…but it also helps to understand more than that when you’re reading the literature on various types of pain and on the expanding knowledge about how our bodies work. Even if you’re the most ardent functionalist and don’t really care how, just care that, change happens, it’s good to be familiar with the enormous range of ways our nervous system operate. I’m fascinated by it all, even if I do struggle to keep the names and functions straight at times.

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