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December 1996

Head Injury and Postconcussive Syndrome

Author Affiliations

Houston, Tex

Arch Neurol. 1996;53(12):1218-1219. doi:10.1001/archneur.1996.00550120026009

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Head Injury and Postconcussive Syndrome is an edited book of 27 chapters on topics related to closed head injury. The editors are a neurologist and neuropsychologist, respectively, from the Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Of the 45 contributors, 17 are affiliated with this medical school.

The book is aimed at health care professionals in general, rather than at 1 medical specialty or only at physicians. The stated purpose is to help clinicians take a more science-based approach to dealing with less severe head injuries. As the book's title suggests, most of the chapters focus on mild or moderate head injuries and on neurological and behavioral factors in the postconcussional syndrome. The chapters are divided into 5 sections. The introductory section includes background chapters on diagnostic criteria, epidemiology, neuropathology, and prevention of motor vehicle crashes. The prevention chapter, by Daniel McGehee, gives an overview of

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