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Brain Disorder Sourcebook 1E Pb : Sourcebooks - Roger Cicala

Brain Disorder Sourcebook 1E Pb

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Published: 22nd September 1999
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Complicated and wondrous in its workings, the human brain is composed of trillions of cells, each assigned to a task that gives humans the capability to live, think, and remember. When something goes wrong within the brain, or interferes with its blood flow, the consequences can be serious. "The Brain Disorders Sourcebook" is a complete guide to the normal functioning of the brain and what happens when problems arise.

Compassionate, thorough, and understandable, this wide-ranging guide is a valuable first reference. Cicala (The Heart Disease Sourcebook, not reviewed) puts his finger on the special fear associated with this subject: "In many ways, diseases that affect our brains are more frightening than diseases affecting other parts of our bodies" because such disorders "truly affect us." They may change everything about an individual. Even minor damage from, say, a stroke significantly disrupts life: "Six weeks after a heart attack... most people are back at work.... Six weeks after a stroke (destruction of some of the brain's tissue) most people are in daily therapy trying to learn everyday functions." Despite that bleak outlook, Cicala can help. He begins by elucidating the normal structure and function of the brain, so readers can follow ensuing explanations of what can go wrong. Discussing medical tests for diagnosis of brain disorders, he clarifies the differences between X rays, MRIs, and CT scans, noting when each is most appropriate. The author then looks in depth at "Stroke and Vascular Disease of the Brain," "Brain Tumors," and "Other Neurologic Disease" (such as traumatic injury, meningitis, and parkinsonism), indicating their course, indicated treatment, and likely outcomes. The appendices list support groups and research institutes that can assist in dealing with the various diagnoses. Comprehensive advice on the basics, with counsel on where to mm next. (Kirkus Reviews)

Introductionp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
The Structure and Function of the Brainp. 1
The Anatomy of the Brainp. 3
How the Body Protects and Supports the Brainp. 19
How the Brain Functionsp. 29
Medical Tests of the Brain and Brain Functionp. 45
Stroke and Vascular Disease of the Brainp. 63
What Is a Stroke?p. 65
Treatment and Prevention of Cerebrovascular Disease and Strokep. 81
The Diagnosis of Strokep. 103
Treatment and Recovery Following a Strokep. 113
Long-Term Outcome After Strokep. 133
Brain Tumorsp. 143
The Different Types of Brain Tumorsp. 145
The Symptoms and Diagnosis of Brain Tumorsp. 169
Craniotomy and Surgery for Brain Tumorsp. 183
Other Treatmentsp. 199
Other Neurologic Diseasesp. 221
Traumatic Brain Injuryp. 223
Meningitis and Infections of the Brainp. 259
Alzheimer's Disease and Dementiap. 275
Parkinsonism and Movement Disordersp. 309
Multiple Sclerosisp. 333
Glossaryp. 361
Healthy Diets for Persons with Vascular Diseasep. 369
Stroke Recovery Support Groupsp. 377
Brain Tumor Support and Research Groupsp. 381
Alzheimer's Disease Support and Research Groupsp. 385
Parkinson's Disease Support and Research Groupsp. 389
Multiple Sclerosis Support and Information Groupsp. 393
Indexp. 397
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ISBN: 9780737300932
ISBN-10: 0737300930
Series: Sourcebooks
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 22nd September 1999
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1