Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Fishbein Fellow, JAMA.
Writing a book about a broad subject such as trauma, even if limited to neurologic injury, is a formidable task. How does one define neurologic trauma? Is it a stumbling baby's fall and the subsequent head bump that causes acute parental anxiety until everything returns to normal? Can such subtle and oft-forgotten events in our lives have dreadful consequences down the road? Or should we worry only when we “see stars” or visit the neurosurgeon for a modern day trepanation or trephination? How many neurons have been lost and might have been replaced had we seen a doctor sooner? How long has the blood-brain barrier been compromised? Where does this direct exposure of the brain to the body and the body to the brain lead? And so on.
Varelas P. Neurology and Trauma. JAMA. 2007;297(5):533-537. doi:10.1001/jama.297.5.535