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January 20, 1984

Intensive Care for Neurological Trauma and Disease

Author Affiliations

University of California San Francisco

JAMA. 1984;251(3):404. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340270078038

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The chapters in this volume are based on talks given at a conference, "Current Concepts in Intensive Care for Neurological Trauma and Disease," held in Miami in March 1981. Chapters cover topics ranging from prehospital management of acute neurological illness and trauma to the intensive care phase, and are concise synopses of the authors' experience and practice. Protocols for resuscitation, evaluation, and treatment of neurological dysfunction in adults and children are generally, although not universally, accepted.

The chapters on management of spinal cord and head injuries, multiple injuries, and cerebrovascular disease are useful guides to correct treatment. Those on evaluation of metabolic and renal problems and on pediatric intensive care are excellent. Several other chapters are either too simplistic or too detailed to be of value to the general physicians, nurses, and emergency medical personnel for whom this volume was intended. The large number of typographical errors is distracting.