This atlas allows students to synthesize a three dimensional concept of the major motor and sensory systems of the human brain and spinal cord by providing a photographic survey of the macroscopic and microscopic structure of the central nervous system. The brain stem is often referred to as the motherboard of the human body as it controls all of the bodys main central functions and leads to the spinal cord injuries to the brain stem affect consciousness and involuntary movements can lead to comas and death and requires rehabilitation if the patient is able to wake up. The spinal cord serves as an information super highway relaying messages between the brain and the body the brain sends motor messages to the limbs and body through the spinal cord allowing for movement. The spinal cord is the main pathway for information connecting the brain and peripheral nervous system the human spinal cord is protected by the bony spinal column shown to the left the spinal column is made up of bones called vertebrae
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