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From The CriticsReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Mild traumatic brain injuries have been receiving increasing attention with the return of Iraqi war veterans who suffered blast concussions and NFL football players who have come forward with reports of detrimental outcomes after multiple concussions. While neuropsychology has been at the forefront of traumatic brain injury research for decades, the science has not been widely disseminated among other healthcare professionals. Thus, this book is focused on disseminating current findings on mild traumatic brain injury and postconcussion syndrome.
Purpose: One of the most fundamental unanswered questions of mild traumatic brain injury is that of its natural course. This book aims to present the most current research on mild traumatic brain injury to describe both the symptoms and course of such an injury.
Audience: The book is intended for neuropsychologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, and other healthcare professionals who evaluate and care for brain injured individuals. The author has an extensive research history on this topic and is a leading authority on mild traumatic brain injury.
Features: An introductory chapter discusses traumatic brain injuries of all severity levels and then focuses more specifically on mild traumatic brain injury. The third chapter contains a useful discussion of defining and differentiating brain injury severity. The advantages of the methodology used by the editor in his sports injury research are outlined and could be generalized to other populations. The chapters in section two are focused on the biomechanics of mild traumatic brain injury, as well as neurophysiology and neuroradiology. The third section addresses the course, cognitive findings, and recovery of mild traumatic brain injury. Finally, the last section emphasizes a new way of thinking about postconcussion syndrome. Each chapter is well organized and the information is easy to access through clear subsections and summary tables/illustrations. The major sections also end with a summary of key points from the preceding chapters, which facilitates comprehension of the material. The references are excellent and often very current. The index, however, has some significant gaps, making it difficult to quickly reference particular topics of interest. As an added bonus, continuing education credits can be earned in conjunction with this book.
Assessment: The editor has gathered together many of the best and most current peer-reviewed publications on mild traumatic brain injury and compiled an excellent reference. Any well informed healthcare provider will want to pick up a copy of this book. Furthermore, it should appeal to busy professionals in its concise presentation.