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July 8, 1983

Head Injury

Author Affiliations

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

JAMA. 1983;250(2):266-267. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340020068044

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Head Injury: Basic and Clinical Aspects, edited by Robert G. Grossman and Philip L. Gildenberg (Seminars in Neurological Surgery, conference, Chicago), 282 pp, with illus, $52, New York, Raven Press, 1982.

Head Injury: Basic and Clinical Aspects is the latest in a series of published seminars concerning progress in neurological surgery. It focuses on new information about head injury, placing heavy emphasis on basic research. Seventeen of the 27 invited papers focus on primary responses of the brain to traumatic injury. The remaining ten are clinically oriented, reflecting current interest in outcome prediction.

Drs Grossman and Gildenberg purposely arranged the seminar so that it would provide a coherent presentation of the state of the art in head injury research. The chapters are well written and edited, clearly illustrated, and adequately referenced. The tone of the book is established initially by Langfitt and Gennarelli, who present a holistic view of head