Key Features

  • Utilizes our understanding of how the nervous system works in the treatment of a variety of clinical conditions
  • Demystifies the clinical results seen in the practice of Functional Neurology and scientifically validates its clinical success
  • Addresses function rather than pathology, allowing the reader to gain a firm understanding of the neurological processes seen in health and disease
  • Contains clinical cases which are designed to be read and answered before starting the chapter to allow the reader to gauge their current state of knowledge
  • ‘Quick Facts’ introduce new concepts or allow rapid review of information already presented in the text in a brief and succinct manner
  • Contains a detailed overview of the concepts relating to our understanding of the development of emotion to demonstrate the link between physical health and the mind
  • Contains abundant references to support controversial concepts

Table of Contents

  1. Fundamental concepts in functional neurology
  2. Early developmental events
  3. Biochemistry and physiology of receptor activation
  4. History and examination
  5. Neurology of sensory and receptor systems
  6. Neuronal integration and movement
  7. The spinal cord and peripheral nerves
  8. The autonomic nervous system
  9. The cortex
  10. The thalamus and hypothalamus
  11. The basal ganglia
  12. The limbic system
  13. The brainstem and reticular formation
  14. The cerebellum and vestibular system
  15. Neuroimmune functional interactions
  16. Psychoneurological aspects
  17. Headaches
  18. Fundamental evidence
  19. Approaches to patient management
  20. Approaches to treatment


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Churchill Livingstone
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About the author

Randy Beck

Dr Beck is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Diagnosis and Neurology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia; and Associate Professor, Clinical Neurology at the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies, Florida, USA. He is also Director of the Institute of Functional Neuroscience, in Perth, Australia. Dr Beck graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1984 and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto, Canada in 1988. He has subsequently completed a PhD focusing on psycho-neuroimmunology and spent the last 12 years practicing and developing the clinical applications of functional neurology. He has been involved with postgraduate and undergraduate education of chiropractoic and medical students for over 15 years. Dr Beck is married with six children and enjoys a variety of sporting activities and life with his family.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer, Clinical Diagnosis and Neurology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia; and Associate Professor, Clinical Neurology, Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies, Florida, USA; Director of the Institute of Functional Neuroscience Perth, Australia. Dr. Beck is a Fellow of the Australasian Academy of Functional Neurology and a Fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology.