The Comatose Patient

The Comatose Patient

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Written by a practicing critical care neurologist, this books includes a historical overview of the concepts of consciousness and unconsciousness, principles of neurologic examination of the comatose patient including instruction of a new coma scale - the 'FOUR Score', interpretation of neuroimaging and its role in daily practice and decision making, management in the emergency room and ICU and long-term supportive care and approach to communication with family members and end-of-life decisions. It also discusses landmark legal cases and ethical problems and a chapter is devoted to the public perception of coma.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 608 pages
  • 185.42 x 254 x 22.86mm | 1,338.09g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 50 black and white photographs and 150 black and white line illustrations
  • 0195326261
  • 9780195326260
  • 2,129,461

Review quote

..".provides a comprehensive and contemporary look at the understanding and management of the comatose patient...In contrast to several texts on this topic that focus mainly on pathophysiology and diagnosis, this book is more comprehensive and relevant to the clinician at the bedside because it provides not only pathophysiologic and diagnostic approaches but also detailed management options for common and uncommon etiologies of coma."--Mayo Clinic Proceedings..".an important and valuable book..."--Journal of Neuroscience Nursing"The book has an attractive uniformity of style and organization...Concepts are well presented, and the illustrations, many of which are in color, are well presented and clear."--New England Journal of Medicine"In The Comatose Patient Dr. Wijdicks does an excellent job in bringing new concepts to the longstanding knowledge base of this patient population... The Comatose Patient is an excellent reference for the many different types of coma one encounters, even esoteric ones, and belongs in every intensive care unit that cares for patients with neurologic disease."--Anesthesiology..".a tour de force..."--Neurology..".an exceptionally helpful text...The book's format is unique, modern, and highly effective....Clinicians can easily go from the bedside to the text to look at a specific clinical vignette that will help them approach the patient they are caring for with greater expertise and will help them to be more thorough in their evaluation. This book is a must..."--Critical Care MedicineReceived the Honorable Mention award in the Physician's Category of the American Medical Writers Association book awards for 2008! ..".provides a comprehensive and contemporary look at the understanding and management of the comatose patient...In contrast to several texts on this topic that focus mainly on pathophysiology and diagnosis, this book is more comprehensive and relevant to the clinician at the bedside because it provides not only pathophysiologic and diagnostic approaches but also detailed management options for common and uncommon etiologies of coma."--Mayo Clinic Proceedings..".an important and valuable book..."--Journal of Neuroscience Nursing"The book has an attractive uniformity of style and organization...Concepts are well presented, and the illustrations, many of which are in color, are well presented and clear."--New England Journal of Medicine"In The Comatose Patient Dr. Wijdicks does an excellent job in bringing new concepts to the longstanding knowledge base of this patient population... The Comatose Patient is an excellent reference for the many different types of coma one encounters, even esoteric ones, and belongs in every intensive care unit that cares for patients with neurologic disease."--Anesthesiology..".a tour de force..."--Neurology..".an exceptionally helpful text...The book's format is unique, modern, and highly effective....Clinicians can easily go from the bedside to the text to look at a specific clinical vignette that will help them approach the patient they are caring for with greater expertise and will help them to be more thorough in their evaluation. This book is a must..."--Critical Care MedicineReceived the Honorable Mention award in the Physician's Category of the American Medical Writers Association book awards for 2008! ."..provides a comprehensive and contemporary look at the understanding and management of the comatose patient...In contrast to several texts on this topic that focus mainly on pathophysiology and diagnosis, this book is more comprehensive and relevant to the clinician at the bedside because it provides not only pathophysiologic and diagnostic approaches but also detailed management options for common and uncommon etiologies of coma."--Mayo Clinic Proceedings."..an important and valuable book..."--Journal of Neuroscience Nursing"The book has an attractive uniformity of style and organization...Concepts are well presented, and the illustrations, many of which are in color, are well presented and clear."--New England Journal of Medicine"In The Comatose Patient Dr. Wijdicks does an excellent job in bringing new concepts to the longstanding knowledge base of this patient population... The Comatose Patient is an excellent reference for the many different types of coma one encounters, even esoteric ones, and belongs in every intensive care unit that cares for patients with neurologic disease."--Anesthesiology."..a tour de force..."--Neurology."..an exceptionally helpful text...The book's format is unique, modern, and highly effective....Clinicians can easily go from the bedside to the text to look at a specific clinical vignette that will help them approach the patient they are caring for with greater expertise and will help them to be more thorough in their evaluation. This book is a must..."--Critical Care MedicineReceived the Honorable Mention award in the Physician's Category of the American Medical Writers Association book awards for 2008!
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Table of contents

PART I. UNDERSTANDING, DIAGNOSING, AND CARE OF COMATOSE PATIENTS ; 1. A History of Coma: Evolution of Ideas ; 2. The Neuroscience of the Awake State ; 3. Neurologic Examination of the Comatose Patient and Localization Principles ; 4. The Clinical Diagnosis of Prolonged Impaired Consciousness ; 5. The Clinical Diagnosis of Brain Death ; 6. Neuroimaging and Neuropathology ; 7. Clinical Decisions, Medical Management, and Supportive Care ; 8. Law and Bioethics ; 9. Media and Popular Culture ; PART II. THE CLINICAL APPROACH TO THE COMATOSE PATIENT ; 10. The Clinical Approach to the Comatose Patient ; ENCLOSURES ; DVD: The Comatose Patient ; Booklet: Four Score Guide ; DVD: THE COMATOSE PATIENT ; 1. Instruction of the FOUR Score Coma Scale ; 2. Selected Neurologic Findings in Comatose Patients ; 3. Seizures and Pseudo Seizures ; 4. States of Impaired Consciousness ; 5. Clinical Diagnosis of Brain Death (Animated)
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