Stroke is the commonest neurological disease in adults. It frequently results in serious morbidity and high mortality. It also has a significant impact on those who survive it and on their families, especially on their emotional wellbeing, personal social relationships and their ability to engage in gainful employment and to pursue leisure activities. The prognosis for survival and for functional recovery in stroke has improved in recent years thanks to the recent advances in the management of cerebrovascular disease. A vast amount of scientific data about all aspects of stroke has been publiished in recent years and it is important that this informatiion is available to busy clinicians in a concise and the clinically relevant form. The aim of this book is provide a short, yet comprehensive, and up to date guide to the management of stroke patients. It is hoped that medical students and health professionals who care for stroke patients will find the book a useful resource.