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This book is an invaluable review of neurologic critical care in the intensive care unit. The emphasis is on management in day-to-day practice. Part I is devoted to basic management of critically ill patients with acute neurologic diseases. Part II covers the technology and procedures used in the intensive care unit. Part III discusses the management of specific disorders in critical care neurology. Part IV deals with the management of postoperative neurosurgical complications. Part V covers the management of systemic complications. The final section, Part VI, discusses decisions at the end of life and other responsibilities. An appendix is devoted to the calculation of important variables and provides reference tables for daily practice. For quick reference in the intensive care unit the most useful tables and figures have been extracted by the author and reprinted in an accompanying pocket-sized booklet.
For this thoroughly revised second edition, there are five new chapters on the organization of the intensive care unit and code of conduct of the neurointensivist, acute spinal disorders, the management of common postoperative neurosurgical complications (two chapters), ethics and legal problems, and withdrawal of life support. Also new to this edition are algorithms on outcome prediction in the specific disorders.
This scholarly and yet accessible and practical book spans the entire field of acute neurology but remains cohesive as it is single-authored. Like the first edition, the second will be widely used by neurologists, specialists in neurologic intensive care, neurologists training in neurologic critical care and stroke fellowships, anesthesiologists, neurosurgeons, critical care specialists of all types, emergency physicians, residents in neurology and neurosurgery, and neuroscience nurses.