Description: This is the second edition of a multiauthored book describing global management of the patient with neurological, medical, and surgical conditions requiring intensive care.
Purpose: It presents a collection of reviews reflecting the growth of neurological critical care as a subspecialty.
Audience: The audience includes senior trainees and practitioners managing patients with neurological trauma and nontraumatic neurological conditions. The editors are from the University of Florida in Gainesville, while the authors represent neuroscience leaders from throughout North America.
Features: Early chapters focus on the organization of neurocritical care programs and include an excellent review of monitoring and neuroanatomy. A large portion of the book describes management of neurological injuries and neurovascular problems. Spine and spinal cord injury are presented along with management of stroke and cerebral resuscitation after cardiac arrest. A small group of concluding chapters reviews rehabilitation concepts, brain death, ethics, and intraoperative neuroanesthesia. The clearly written chapters open with an abstract and include extensive reference lists. References from the first edition have been widely updated with citations dating to within one to two years of publication. Beautiful color plates depict neuroanatomy, while black-and-white drawings reproduce with lesser effect. Good use is made of tables. The table of contents divides chapters by type of content and lists authorship while a detailed subject index of approximately 20 pages concludes.
Assessment: This second edition has been extensively revised and expanded from the 2004 edition. Many new chapters have been added and old chapters rewritten on general critical care. The heart of the book, management of neurotrauma and nontraumatic acute neurological conditions, has been expanded and rewritten.