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Quiz: Sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems

Test your knowledge of complex neural systems to understand the link between treatments and therapeutic goals


The human nervous system is complex, and it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to recognize that it controls just about every function within our bodies.

Understanding the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems is especially relevant for paramedics because ALS personnel have access to medications that directly influence these two systems.

Learn more about the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems by reading this article and then take the quiz below.

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Bob Matoba, M.Ed., EMT-P is an associate professor at the College of Central Florida in Ocala. Bob’s career has spanned almost every aspect of the EMS profession, first as an EMT and paramedic for private ambulance companies, EMS coordinator for medical oversight, EMS system consultation in the private and public sector, all the way to the EMS chief for a metropolitan fire department. He has made it his mission to educate clinicians, rather than technicians. Bob is a monthly columnist for and has been a featured and contributing author for EMS World Magazine and JEMS.