ONLINE: Consciousness requires both wakefulness and awareness. A disorder of consciousness, or impaired consciousness, is a state where one’s consciousness has been affected by damage to the brain. Disorders of conscious awareness are among the most frightening we all face. In this lecture-based course, we will examine these disorders from the perspective of health care consumers. The topics to be covered are: coma, epilepsy, nonepileptic episodes of loss of awareness, the neurobiology of sleep, and disorders of sleep such as sleep apnea, insomnia and narcolepsy. Students will be guided through examples of these disorders based on the instructor’s 40 years of experience as a clinical neurologist. We will explore these issues using case vignettes, MRIs and medical video clips. | Lecture + Q&A.
Max enrollment: 50.
Class sessions are recorded.
Mitch Freedman was born and raised in Philadelphia. He earned a B.A. from Haverford College, earned an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and did his neurology training at Duke. He served in the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg. He then practiced neurology in Raleigh. As an adjunct professor of neurology at UNC-Chapel Hill, he has taught medical students and physicians for 40 years. His wife and he have two sons and three grandchildren. They enjoy art and classical music.