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Confronting Traumatic Brain Injury: Devastation, Hope, and Healing / Edition 1
     

Confronting Traumatic Brain Injury: Devastation, Hope, and Healing / Edition 1

by William J. Winslade, James S. Brady
 

ISBN-10: 0300079427

ISBN-13: 9780300079425

Pub. Date: 11/28/1999

Publisher: Yale University Press

Traumatic brain injury is the fourth most common cause of death in the developed world: in the United States alone, 75,000 to 100,000 people die of brain trauma each year, and another 70,000 to 90,000 are left permanently impaired. This book—the first comprehensive, accessible book on traumatic brain injury—explains what it is, how it is caused, and

Overview

Traumatic brain injury is the fourth most common cause of death in the developed world: in the United States alone, 75,000 to 100,000 people die of brain trauma each year, and another 70,000 to 90,000 are left permanently impaired. This book—the first comprehensive, accessible book on traumatic brain injury—explains what it is, how it is caused, and what can be done to treat, cope with, and prevent it.

William Winslade presents facts about traumatic brain injury; information about its financial and emotional costs to individuals, families, and society; and key ethical and policy issues. He illustrates each aspect with dramatic case studies, including his own childhood brain injury. He explains how the brain works and how severe injuries affect it, both immediately and over the long term, pointing out how resources are often squandered on patients with poor prognoses and adequate insurance, while underinsured patients with better prognoses do not receive appropriate care. He tells about the lack of regulation in the rehabilitation industry and what federal and state legislatures are doing to correct the situation. And he offers recommendations for policy changes to lower the instances of traumatic brain injury (such as raising the minimum driving age) as well as practical steps that individuals can take to protect themselves from brain trauma.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300079425
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
468,528
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexiii
Acknowledgmentsxv
Introduction: It Can Happen to Anyone1
1Our Vulnerable Brains15
2Saving Lives: The Golden Hour30
3Hope on the Horizon42
4The Rough Road to Rehabilitation64
5How Families Become Victims89
6Facing Fatality--and Worse Fates106
7Protecting the Most Vulnerable125
8A Better Use of Resources141
9Policies and Priorities154
10Prevention: The Best Solution176
Bibliography205
Index217

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