Strokeby Kevin M. Barrett
This book considers various topics regarding stroke, including bedside evaluation of the acute stroke patient; neurovascular imaging of the acute stroke patient; treatment of acute ischemic stroke; treatment of hemorrhagic stroke; prevention and management of post-stroke complications; diagnosis of stroke mechanism and secondary stroke prevention; post-stroke
This book considers various topics regarding stroke, including bedside evaluation of the acute stroke patient; neurovascular imaging of the acute stroke patient; treatment of acute ischemic stroke; treatment of hemorrhagic stroke; prevention and management of post-stroke complications; diagnosis of stroke mechanism and secondary stroke prevention; post-stroke recovery; and considerations for very elderly and severely affected stroke patients. Essential reading for neurologists and cardiologists.
Description: This small book is packed with high-yield, "tips and tricks" style information that form the basis of stroke pathophysiology, evaluation, and care.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a rapidly digestible compendium of high-yield information for practitioners with the goal of providing better treatment for patients who have suffered a stroke. This is certainly a worthy goal and there is always a need for better education of all those involved with the care of these patients. This book has the potential to accomplish that, certainly at the trainee-physician level.
Audience: The intended audience could include all healthcare professionals, not necessarily just physicians. The information is probably tailored to trainee physicians, but should still be accessible to nurses and midlevel providers. The editors and contributing authors are well-recognized names in the field of stroke.
Features: The concept was to present clinically relevant information in as efficient a fashion as possible, and the arrangement of the material reflects this laudable goal. The early chapters review epidemiology and clinical pearls for evaluation of acute stroke. The book helps readers navigate the confusing world of neuroimaging in both the acute and subacute phases of stroke. Secondary prevention is also covered in detail, with appropriate acknowledgement of clinically gray areas of management. Subsequent chapters point to future directions and implementation of stroke care, such as through telestroke networks. Unequivocally, the best feature of this book is the frequent use of tables on clinically important, high-yield topics. Readers can get a lot of useful information from these tables by just skimming the book. It is clear that this was written by physicians who frequently take care of stroke patients, given the relevant nature of their discussions. The appendix containing a summation of some (but not all) stroke scales is useful. This is another difficult subfield to follow, with new scales coming out all the time, and the editors have selected the few key scales that are relevant to day-to-day practice. If there is a shortcoming of this book, it is that it might not be completely accessible to nursing and midlevel providers, given the amount of detail in sections such as neuroimaging, but this is probably a surmountable hurdle.
Assessment: It was a pleasure to review this book, particularly after going through many stroke books as a recent trainee, and I found its scope and content refreshing. I will certainly pass this along to other trainees and I recommend it highly.
Meet the Author
Kevin M. Barrett, MD, MSc, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL, USA
James F. Meschia, MD, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL, USA
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