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Book Reviews
April 2013

Famous First Papers for the Neurointensivist

Author Affiliations


Author Affiliations: Division of Neurocritical Care, Departments of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Neurotherapeutics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.

JAMA Neurol. 2013;70(4):525-526. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2013.2217

In order for any tree to grow and flourish, it must have strong, supporting roots. The same can be said for the fields of science and medicine. Although neurocritical care is a newly recognized specialty, its roots run deep, going back more than a half-century. Dr Wijdicks has been integral to the growth and development of neurocritical care as a specialty. He has cultivated it firsthand, serving as a contemporary of Raymond Adams, C. Miller Fisher, and Allan Ropper, all pioneers in acute neurological care. He established the neurocritical care program at the Mayo Clinic in the early 1990s and has served as the editor in chief of the journal Neurocritical Care, which was first published in 2004 after the foundation of the Neurocritical Care Society. His unique vantage point allows him to bring us a book that few others could produce, Famous First Papers for the Neurointensivist. This book is an original in the field and should be on the reading list of anyone who cares for critically ill neurologic and neurosurgical patients.