The faculty of the Department of Neuroscience direct and participate in the comprehensive neural science section that is part of the Body in Health and Disease (BHD) course taught to medical and dental school students in the fall semester of their second year at CUMC. In addition to basic neuroscience and neuroanatomy, the course covers neuropathology, neuropharmacology, neuropsychology, and psychopharmacology. The aim of this course is to provide students with an essential foundation in basic neuroscience appropriate to the further specialized study of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry. The course also provides an introduction to neurological and behavioral disorders that are both instructive scientifically and important clinically.
The two syllabi that were developed for this course at Columbia many years ago have evolved into two best-selling textbooks: Principles of Neural Science (5th ed.), edited by Eric R. Kandel, James H. Schwartz, Thomas Jessell, Steven Siegelbaum and A. J. Hudspeth; and Neuroanatomy: Text and Atlas (4th ed.), by John H. Martin.