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Book and Media Reviews
October 28, 2009

Neurotrauma and Critical Care of the Brain

JAMA. 2009;302(16):1813-1816. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1563

Neurotrauma specialists do not generally receive much recognition. The motivation of those who choose this area as an interest is never pecuniary; nor is it an opportunity to develop technical supremacy—the surgery is not complicated, nor is it considered interesting by most. Caring for injured patients is disruptive to neurosurgeons' practices and lives. Most frustrating is that poor outcomes, at least for severe head injuries, are more often the rule than the exception, and such outcomes may increase exposure to malpractice liability. Still, neurosurgeons do care for patients with trauma, knowing up front that this is part of what they signed up to do when they decided on this specialty. And they are quick to accept the praise and attention of a grateful public.

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