The nervous system is a complex, sophisticated system that regulates and coordinates body activities. It is made up of two major divisions:
- Central nervous system - consisting of the brain and spinal cord.
- Peripheral nervous system - consisting of all other neural elements.
In addition to the brain and spinal cord, principal organs of the nervous system include the following:
- Sensory organs of taste
- Sensory organs of smell
- Sensory receptors located in the skin, joints, muscles, and other parts of the body
Treating Nervous System Disorders at Boston Children's Hospital
The Department of Neurology at Boston Children's Hospital is the oldest, largest and best-known program in pediatric neurology in the world. In 2009, US News and World Report ranked Children's first in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery. The department includes child neurologists who specialize in almost all neurological disorders, including epilepsy, learning disabilities and other developmental disabilities, attention deficit disorders, sleep disorders, neuromuscular disorders, brain tumors, neurogenetic disorders, neonatal neurology, mental retardation and cerebral palsy, pediatric neuro-immunology, and pediatric multiple sclerosis and related disorders.