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This book records the proceedings of the Fourth Chicago Conference on Neural Trauma. Its scope is limited to head injury but it is otherwise very ecumenical, including contributions from epidemiologic, clinical, and experimental points of view.
The experimental articles are the highlight of the book. They describe reactions to trauma of the microcirculation, astroglia, and neurons. Metabolic changes after injury are detailed in no less than four chapters. The style of these articles varies considerably. Some adhere strictly to experimental format, some to review format, and others mix these two. Fortunately for the clinical audience, most presentations include enough background to make them understandable and relevant.
The section on experimental trauma models adds little except to document that several animal models can reproducibly mimic clinical head injury.
The clinical articles concern themselves with the usual statistical questions: whether age, hospital environment, or use of intracranial pressure monitoring can influence outcome
Nelson CN. Head Injury: Basic and Clinical Aspects (Seminars in Neurological Surgery). Arch Neurol. 1983;40(10):662. doi:10.1001/archneur.1983.04050090098027
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