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September 30, 1974

Brock's injuries of the Brain and Spinal Cord, and Their Coverings

Author Affiliations

University of California School of Medicine San Francisco

JAMA. 1974;229(14):1926. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230520068046

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The medical literature on trauma of the central nervous system (CNS) has expanded substantially since the last edition of Brock's text was published 14 years ago. Although the current volume resembles its predecessor in format and general subject matter, it is commendably longer and less speculative. Forty contributors, nine of whom are emeritus professors, write from extensive clinical experience emphasizing practical approaches to CNS injuries.

Their 26 chapters range from standard discussions of fractures, edema, hematomas, and the like, to thoughtful appraisals of the psychological sequelae of head injury. The analysis of simulation and malingering by Miller and Cartlidge constitutes a particularly refreshing component of a textbook on trauma. Added variety is provided by chapters on boxing, injuries of childbirth, and electrical shock.

Most authors have attempted to incorporate new ideas into traditional concepts. Their works are generally well written and substantiated by lengthy lists of references. Other authors had