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The Oxford Textbook of Neurocritical Care

Posted in Book Reviews on 26th Feb 2018


Edited by: Martin Smith, Giuseppe Citerio and W. Andrew Kofke.
Published by: Oxford University Press. Price: £116.69.
Pages: 438
ISBN: 978-0-19-873955-5.
Reviewed by: Dr Ranjith K Menon, MD, FRCP(Edin), MD(Res), MRCP(Neuro), Fellowship Stroke Neurology (Univ Toronto).
Published online: 25/2/18

The Oxford Textbook of Neurocritical Care is edited by Martin Smith, Giuseppe Citerio and W. Andrew Kofke with contributions by several international authorities from the disciplines of general and neuro critical care. Indeed, most chapters benefit from more than one author.

This volume will be most appreciated by physicians with neurocritical duties and neurologists or neurosurgeons who subspecialise in traumatic and vascular brain diseases.

The book is laid down in three parts. The first part provides a thorough description of essential neurophysiology, neuropathology, and neuropharmacology. The in-depth details in this section cater especially to critical care physicians. Likewise, the second part which details different monitoring techniques and neuroimaging.

For me, the third part of the textbook was most useful. This section includes chapters devoted to specific brain conditions – different forms of stroke, traumatic brain injury, status epilepticus and several others. The schematic illustrations which complement the expansive text on each topic are especially good. I would recommend this book to anyone involved in caring for patients with acute neurological disease.

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