Head Injury

Head Injury : A Multidisciplinary Approach

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The management of patients with head injury requires a pragmatic, multi-professional approach, as exemplified in this book. The content includes chapters on epidemiology, experimental models, pathology, clinical examination, neuroimaging and trauma scoring systems. A large section of the text then deals with the management of the head-injured patient along the whole patient pathway, addressing issues such as emergency department care, transfer of the patient, intensive care and surgical aspects. Rehabilitation is reviewed in detail with chapters that discuss the aims and roles of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and neuropsychology. Finally, medico-legal issues are evaluated. The practical approach to management is emphasized throughout. This book will be of interest to all doctors looking after patients with head injury: emergency physicians, neurosurgeons, anaesthetists, intensivists, and members of the rehabilitation team. Allied specialists such as nurses, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, and neuropsychologists will also find this book useful.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 324 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 16mm | 539.77g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 40 b/w illus. 2 colour illus. 31 tables
  • 052169762X
  • 9780521697620
  • 1,010,564

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Author Information

Peter C. Whitfield is a Consultant Neurosurgeon and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the South West Neurosurgery Centre, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Plymouth, UK. Elfyn O. Thomas is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Plymouth, UK. Fiona Summers is a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, NHS Grampian, Aberdeen, UK. Maggie Whyte is a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, NHS Grampian, Aberdeen, UK. Peter J. Hutchinson is a Senior Academy Fellow and Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Academic Neurosurgical Unit, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, UK.

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Review quote

'... this book is highly suitable to a wide audience of health professionals working in the field of head trauma. From an allied health perspective, the book would be particularly useful for newcomers to the field of head trauma who are attempting to understand the key principles of multidisciplinary care and in particular, medical management.' International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation '... well written ...' Doody's '... a comprehensive overview of all aspects of head injury management which will appeal to a wide audience of neuroscience specialists and is likely to stand the test of time. ... There is no comparable volume available on the market which takes this multidisciplinary approach and this makes this volume unique.' Advances in Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation

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