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August 30, 1965

Acute Injuries of the Head: Their Diagnosis, Treatment, Complications and Sequels

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Kansas City, Mo

JAMA. 1965;193(9):748. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090090054034

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As the Foreword states, this is the British text on head injuries. The American reader can smile tolerantly when he reads "tyre" for tire or "lorrie" for truck, he may envy the "free" rehabilitation service available to the British patient, but he will have to have his British Pharmacopoeia at the ready to deal with the recommended drugs, even in the American chapter.

This is now clearly a book of many authors, and as such it suffers from uneven quality. The chapters on posttraumatic epilepsy, radiology, and rehabilitation can be singled out for special praise. The historical introduction is an interminable and ofttimes inappropriate hurdle to be jumped before the book begins, The latest facts and concepts about the reticular formation are beautifully expounded but their application to the head-injured patient seems not to concern the researcher-author. A great pity!

The roast beef of this British repast is the central four chapters dealing with the diagnosis and

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