A picture of the CNS in all its glory! Complex and entirely fascinating

A picture of the CNS in all its glory! Complex and entirely fascinating, the CNS is arguably the constituent of the human body whose inner workings most eludes medical professionals and researchers. With rapid advancement of technology and imaging techniques, many of its secrets have now been uncovered, yet there remains a world of exciting possibilities for those interested to discover and learn from! This is an en bloc dissection of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) along with a portion of the peripheral nervous system (nerves leaving the brain and spinal cord, traveling to certain areas of the body). In the CNS, the brain and spinal cord are the main centers where correlation and integration of nervous information occur. Both are covered with a system of membranes, the meninges, are suspended in the cerebrospinal fluid; and are further protected by the bones of the skull and the vertebral column. The PNS are the parts outside (peripheral) the brain and spinal cord. It includes the cranial nerves, spinal nerves and their roots and branches, peripheral nerves, and neuromuscular junctions. Its where bundles of nerves or axons conduct information to and from the central nervous system.