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July 1982

Brain Failure and Resuscitation

Author Affiliations

Department of Neurology University of Minnesota School of Medicine St Paul-Ramsey Medical Center St Paul, MN 55101

Arch Neurol. 1982;39(7):459-460. doi:10.1001/archneur.1982.00510190077038

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This book is volume 2 in the series Clinics in Critical Care Medicine. Of the 23 contributing authors to this volume, many are well known as major clinical investigators in neurology, neurosurgery, and anesthesiology. Dr Safar has done pioneering research on the therapeutic use of barbiturate coma, and has been extremely influential in promoting the concepts of brain resuscitation and critical care. However, the concept of a Clinics volume on these topics is problematic. Such a book is typically a fairly direct and didactic overview that is intended to aid the clinician in dealing with a specific set of clinical problems not often encountered in his practice; it is usually devoted to a series of summary statements that promote established theory and practice. However, brain failure and resuscitation are still marked by a great deal of controversy with regard to diagnosis, therapy, and prognosis. This volume fails to highlight these

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