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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System$
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Alain Berthoz, Werner Graf, and P. P. Vidal

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195068207

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.001.0001

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The Cervical Spine, from Anatomy and Physiology to Clinical Care

The Cervical Spine, from Anatomy and Physiology to Clinical Care

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(p.135) Chapter 18 The Cervical Spine, from Anatomy and Physiology to Clinical Care
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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System
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John H. Blandand

Dallas R. Boushey

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.003.0018

The cervical spine is the most intricate articulate system in the human body. There are thirty-seven separate joints whose function is to carry out the many movements of the head and neck in relation to the trunk and subserve all specialized sense organs. The seven small cervical vertebrae with their capsular, ligamentous, tendinous, and muscle attachments are poorly designed to protect their contacts, as compared to the skull above and the thorax below. The contents of this anatomic cylinder interposed between skull and thorax include carotid and vertebral arteries, the spinal cord and all anterior and posterior nerve roots, and the brain stem.

Keywords:   cervical spine, joints, head, neck, trunk, skull, thorax, spinal cord, brain stem

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