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Book and Media Reviews
August 19, 2009

Stroke in Children and Young Adults

JAMA. 2009;302(7):799. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1217

Pediatric stroke is rare, as is stroke in young adults. The editor of Stroke in Children and Young Adults, with the help of many contributors, has managed to fill its pages with informative chapters covering the entire gamut of cerebrovascular disease, emphasizing how these conditions affect younger individuals. Most chapters are short, well illustrated, up to date, and to the point, and the overall result is impressive, although some of the chapters are not completely even. For instance, the first chapter, an overview of stroke in young individuals, is exceeding dry, basically a compilation of statistics on stroke in this segment of the population. There is only 1 figure and no tables. A more detailed discussion, with some of the facts presented in tabular form, would have been much more engaging. Like all chapters in the book, chapter 1 is well referenced, but it is really useful only to individuals looking for some statistics that may be of use in prefacing talks or papers.

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