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Emotions, behaviors, thoughts, creations, planning, daily physical activities, and routines are programmed within our brains. To acquire these capacities, the brain takes time to fully develop--a process that may take the first 20 years of life. Disruptions of the brain involving neurons, axons, dendrites, synapses, neurotransmitters or brain infrastructure produce profound changes in development and functions of the one organ that makes us unique. To understand the functions and development of the brain is ...
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Recovery After Traumatic Brain Injury

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Overview

Emotions, behaviors, thoughts, creations, planning, daily physical activities, and routines are programmed within our brains. To acquire these capacities, the brain takes time to fully develop--a process that may take the first 20 years of life. Disruptions of the brain involving neurons, axons, dendrites, synapses, neurotransmitters or brain infrastructure produce profound changes in development and functions of the one organ that makes us unique. To understand the functions and development of the brain is difficult enough, but to reverse the consequences of trauma and repair the damage is even more challenging. To meet this challenge and increase understanding, a host of disciplines working and communicating together are required.

The International Association for the Study of Traumatic Brain Injury tried to correct this limitation during its meetings of international clinicians, researchers, and scientists from many fields. It was felt that many of the outstanding thoughts and ideas from the participants' most recent meeting and from others working in the field of traumatic brain injury (TBI) should be shared. This book was conceived not as proceedings of the conference, but as a collection of knowledge for those working in the acute and chronic recovery aspects of head injury.

This book reflects the importance of the team approach to patients with TBI. The chapter authors come from a diverse array of disciplines--basic science, neurosurgery, neurology, radiology, psychology, neuropsychology, and legal, consumer, and speech/language science. Their contributions provide the most current research and the latest ways of managing a variety of aspects of TBI.
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Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction 1
1 Neuromagnetic Evaluation of Brain Dysfunction in Postconcussive Syndromes Associated with Mild Head Trauma
2 Neuropsychological Significance of Contusional Lesions Identified by MRI 29
3 Factors Affecting Brain Injury in Subarachnoid Hemorrhage 39
4 Role of Excitatory Amino Acids in Neuronal and Glial Responses to Traumatic Brain Injury 51
5 Light and Electron Microscopic Studies of Fluid-Percussion Brain Injury in Rats: Posttraumatic Temperature Considerations 67
6 Chronic Brain Stimulation as a Restorative Treatment for Brain Damage 83
7 Pharmacological Strategies in the Management of Cognition and Behavior Following Traumatic Brain Injury 99
8 Neurological Evaluation of Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: A Critical Analysis 115
9 Assessment of Agitation During the Acute Phase of Recovery 129
10 The Incidence and Impact of Substance Abuse Following Traumatic Brain Injury 139
11 Florid Confabulation Following Brain Injury 149
12 Physiological Rehabilitation of Disordered Speech Following Closed Head Injury 163
13 Vegatative State: Challenges, Controversies, and Caveats A Physiatric Perspective 185
14 Brain Plasticity and Behavior During Development 199
15 Outcome Following Traumatic Brain Injury: An Australian Study 219
16 Psychosocial Outcome After an Intensive, Neuropsychologically Oriented Day Program: Contributing Program Variables 235
17 Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes for Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury: Some Recommended Directions for Research 247
18 Traumatic Brain Injury: Work Outcome and Supported Employment 257
19 Family Transactions and Traumatic Brain Injury 275
20 The Development of Grassroots Support for Research and Services in Brain Injury 289
21 A Databased Managed Care System of Catastrophic Neurological Injury Rehabilitation 295
22 Neurolaw: Medicolegal Aspects of Traumatic Brain Injury 305
23 Final Thoughts: Speculations for the Future 323
Author Index 331
Subject Index 343
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