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Book and Media Reviews
February 7, 2007

Neurology and Trauma

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Fishbein Fellow, JAMA.

JAMA. 2007;297(5):533-537. doi:10.1001/jama.297.5.535

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.