Author Affiliations: Paediatrics & Clinical Neurosciences, University of Calgary, and Division of Paediatric Neurology, Alberta Children's Hospital, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
edited by John Zhang, MD, PhD, 445 pp, with illus, $69.99, ISBN 978-1-930536-41-8, Flagstaff, Arizona, Best Publishing Company, 2008.
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There are few topics in medicine that evoke such strongly opposing views as hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy, especially when discussed as a treatment for neurological disorders. Proponents argue that HBO is a clinically effective therapy that should hold a complementary place in the therapeutic armamentarium, whereas opponents contend that HBO remains unproven and is needless, expensive, and potentially unsafe. There are also those who hold a middle ground, admitting that HBO may exert a therapeutic effect under certain specific conditions, but who rightfully refrain from recommending it on a routine clinical basis and acknowledge that effective protocols carrying minimum risk have yet to be developed and validated.
Hyperbaric Oxygen for Neurological Disorders. Arch Neurol. 2010;67(11):1411-1412. doi:10.1001/archneurol.2010.277