cervical regionIn this photo, the dorsal parts of the skull and cervical vertebrae have been removed, revealing the brain and cervical spinal cord (outlined with a yellow rectangle).  The cerebrum and cerebellum are visible, and the underlying brain stem is continuous with the visible spinal cord.

Together, the brain and spinal cord comprise the central nervous system.  The spinal cord serves as a relay of information between the brain and the periphery (of the body).  Although relaying neural information is critical, it is important to remember that the spinal cord also processes neural information locally.


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