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Central nervous system

The central nervous system is composed of the brain and spinal cord. Your brain and spinal cord serve as the main "processing center" for your entire nervous system. They control all the workings of your body.

References

Ransom BR. Organization of the nervous system. In: Boron WF, Boulpaep EL, eds. Medical Physiology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017:chap 10.

    • Vertebra and spinal nerves

      Vertebra and spinal nerves - illustration

      The spinal cord and its peripheral nerves are protected by the vertebral column, a stack of bones which surround and provide support. Between the vertebrae is a fluid-filled disk.

      Vertebra and spinal nerves

      illustration

      • Vertebra and spinal nerves

        Vertebra and spinal nerves - illustration

        The spinal cord and its peripheral nerves are protected by the vertebral column, a stack of bones which surround and provide support. Between the vertebrae is a fluid-filled disk.

        Vertebra and spinal nerves

        illustration

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