The Evaluation and Treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Edited by Nils R. Varney, Richard J. Roberts
Psychology Press – 1999 – 554 pages
Moving beyond the debate over whether and to what degree mild head injury has lasting neuropsychological sequelae, this book is predicated on the assumption that it does cause some problems in some circumstances for some people. It focuses on the practical questions of who is injured, how injuries manifest themselves, and what evaluation and treatment strategies are optimal, for families as well as patients. The distinguished authors bring to their task not only scientific expertise but extensive day-to-day clinical experience. This book will be widely welcomed as the first comprehensive overview of what we have learned from research and clinical experience about these difficult cases.
"The volume is comprehensive and adequately covers all issues…a welcome resource….operates on more than a single level and offers the reader insight, as well as information. Although the volume seems to be intended for the seasoned clinician, students and novices…will benefit greatly."
—Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
"Although mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) is one of the most prevalent neuropsychiatric disorders in the United States, it is perhaps the most poorly understood….This textbook is easily the finest and most comprehensive collection of information on MTBI. It presents the pros and cons of the theoretical positions held by various camps in a manner that the reader will find fascinating…. Despite the fact that this is an edited textbook, the various chapters appear to flow together in an almost seamless manner [reflecting] the editorial skills of Varney and Roberts. This textbook should not only significantly expand the breadth of our knowledge of MTBI, but should also help free us from the tyranny of our own biases and help us understand the plight of patients with MTBI in a more humane manner. It should be required reading for each and every health care professional who is likely to evaluate or treat MTBI cases."
Contents: Preface. B.P. Uzzell, Mild Head Injury: Much Ado About Something. J.F. Malec, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Scope of the Problem. R.N. Varney, R.J. Roberts, Forces and Accelerations in Car Accidents and Resultant Brain Injuries. Y. King Liu, Biomechanics of "Low-Velocity Impact" Head Injury. E.D. Bigler, Neuroimaging in Mild TBI. J.T. Barth, R.N. Varney, R.A. Ruchinskas, J.P. Francis, Mild Head Injury: The New Frontier in Sports Medicine. R.M. Ruff, Discipline-Specific Approach Versus Individual Care. N.R. Varney, Posttraumatic Anosmia and Orbital Frontal Injury. T. Hart, M.F. Schwartz, N. Mayer, Executive Function: Some Current Theories and Their Applications. V.M. Neppe, G.T. Goodwin, The Neuropsychiatric Evaluation of the Closed Head Injury of Transient Type (CHIT). R.J. Roberts, Epilepsy Spectrum Disorder in the Context of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. J.S. Hayes, R.C. Hilsabeck, W.D. Gouvier, Malingering Traumatic Brain Injury: Current Issues and Caveats in Assessment and Classification. L.I. Cripe, The Use of the MMPI With Mild Closed Head Injury. R.M. Ruff, I. Grant, Postconcussional Disorder: Background to DSM-IV and Future Considerations. G.J. Larrabee, Current Controversies in Mild Head Injury: Scientific and Methodologic Considerations. T.W. McAllister, L.A. Flashman, Mild Brain Injury and Mood Disorders: Causal Connections, Assessment, and Treatment. M.E. Hines, Posttraumatic Headaches. C.T. Gualtieri, The Pharmacologic Treatment of Mild Brain Injury. V.M. Neppe, Integration of the Evaluation and Management of the Transient Closed Head Injury Patient: Some Directions. C.S. Kubu, Emotion Recognition and Psychosocial Behavior in Closed Head Injury. K. Chwalisz, The Problem of Comorbidity in Spouses. C.T. Siders, Therapy for Spouses of Head Injured Patients. M.A. Roberts, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Children and Adolescents.