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Perhaps the workup for a patient’s numbness in the feet reveals not a neurological disease 100mg desyrel mastercard, but a short in her electric blanket. There are times to keep the eye fixed on one, but it is well to remember that others are circulating. Recognizing that there are instances when speed is of the essence, assumptions must be made rapidly, constellations of signs and symptoms recognized hurriedly and acted upon; still, such instances should be few. The pursuit of a preordained end along the shortest, cheapest path between beginning and end 153 154 CHAPTER 6 points which are presumed to be known and unalterable is rarely all that can or should be going on. I have argued that informal means/ends reasoning, exemplified in but certainly not exclusive to medical care, applies to situations and in contexts which are inhospitable to formulaic treatment. The prevalence and variety of such situations is larger than has been appreciated. Unexpected contingencies frequently intrude even upon encounters which initially look routine. The full spectrum consideration of means and ends makes use of all our abilities: perception, knowledge, emotion and reason. To get any endeavor off the ground, there must be many unconscious or unexamined assumptions already in place. Means and ends deliberation this time necessarily involves a limited number of matters. How stringently limited such matters are depends on the clarity of the problem, the level of urgency when it becomes clear, the degree of typicality, the detail and seriousness of agreed commit- ments, and whether the endeavor to be undertaken is immediate and specific or long range and comprehensive. While formulaic protocols and decision trees have "decision nodes," these are only metaphoric forks in the shortest roads to fixed ends. At such nodes, alternatives are excluded in a compulsory fashion depending on particular prescribed inputs.

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Newer studies have shown even more dramatically what has been known for hundreds of years: that the axon can degenerate in MS cheap 100mg desyrel free shipping. That degeneration may lead to more permanent damage than if the myelin only were involved. Thus, the brain func- tions somewhat as if it were a large computer or an electrical sys- tem that sends its messages down nerves in the nervous system. To understand this process more completely, it is helpful to understand the anatomy of the nervous system. A WORD ABOUT ANATOMY The anatomy of the nerves and muscles is referred to frequently throughout this book. The overview presented here is intended to provide a quick reference for the reader. Three fairly distinct components make up the nervous system in the human body: the central nervous system, which is somewhat analogous to the main processing unit of a computer; the peripher- al nervous system (PNS), which links the CNS to the muscles; and the sympathetic nervous system, which links the CNS to the internal organs (see figure). The CNS has two major parts, the brain and spinal cord, which in turn have several subdivisions, each of which plays a unique role in regulating the functions of the body. The portion of the brain referred to as the cerebrum acts as a mas- ter control system and is responsible for initiating all thought and movement. Memory, personality, vision, hearing, touch, and muscle tone all are housed within the cerebrum. Behind the cerebrum is the cerebellum, which coordinates movement and "smoothes" muscle activity. The proper functioning of this region of the brain controls balance during walking and the smooth use of your hands and arms. Beneath the cerebrum and cerebellum is the brain stem, which contains the nerves that control eye movements and the vital cen- ters that are involved in functions such as breathing and heart rate. Extending downward from the brain stem is the spinal cord, which functions very much like a large electrical cord that carries mes- sages between the brain centers and all other parts of the body. Although numerous biochemical reactions occur in the brain and spinal cord, their major role is to produce electrical activity that stimulates and regulates various bodily activities. Cerebrum Cerebellum Central Nervous System (CNS) Brain stem Spinal cord Peripheral Nervous System (PNS) Autonomic Nervous System (sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions) to internal organs Nervous system 5 PART I • The Disease and Its Management are delivered to the target structures very efficiently and effectively because the entire system is well insulated and shielded by the myelin that surrounds the conducting systems and allows the elec- trical nervous impulses to move through the pathways with little loss of information.

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