The Evaluation and Treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

The Evaluation and Treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

The Evaluation and Treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

The Evaluation and Treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Synopsis

Moving beyond the debate over whether and to what degree mild head injury has lasting neuropsychological sequelae, this book is predicated on the assumption that it does cause some problems in some circumstances for some people. It focuses on the practical questions of who is injured, how injuries manifest themselves, and what evaluation and treatment strategies are optimal, for families as well as patients. The distinguished authors bring to their task not only scientific expertise but extensive day-to-day clinical experience. This book will be widely welcomed as the first comprehensive overview of what we have learned from research and clinical experience about these difficult cases.

Excerpt

This book is concerned with a rather large variety of topics related to minor head injury. It is not intended to be proof that minor head injury is a public health problem, though arguments pro and con are offered in chapters 1 and 13 respectively. Some of the chapters cover aspects of minor head injury about which there is a substantial amount of research already in print. Others, such as Bigler's chapter on imaging or Chwalisz's chapter on collateral stress, while data-driven in content, rely on studies/findings involving more severely injured patients but with results having direct implications for mild head injury. In other words, some chapters deal with what is already known about minor head injury, some address issues that have probable relevance to minor head injury, and some involve a mix of direct proof and inference. This is the state of knowledge about minor head injury. It is anticipated that within the next 5 years, another work (or second edition of this book), will have more facts and less inference. Nevertheless, there has been a need for a work devoted to minor head injury as it is understood to date. The chapters that follow attempt to meet that need.

--Nils R. Varney --Richard J. Roberts . . .

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