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Caplan's Stroke: A Clinical Approach
Author:  Louis R. Caplan
Pages:  656  Hard Cover
ISBN 13:
Elsevier/ Saunders   2009 2010
List Price:  $159.00

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MedicalScienceBooks.com Medical Book Review: 

      Praised for being a concise and readable reference on stroke diagnosis and treatment, Caplan's Stroke continues to be a leading reference on the topic.   The book is written in a conversational style, which makes reading through the book quick and rewarding.  For instance, rather than simply providing the definition and uses of a particular drug, such as Heparin, Caplan tells us the interesting history of the drug; how it got it's name, what effects the drug has, it's past uses, chemical properties, etc., all while retaining a smooth, novel-like flow.
      The new fourth edition of Caplan's Stroke also has clearer illustrations and numerous updates in key areas of stroke prevention and rehabilitation. 
      Caplan's Stroke: A Clinical Approach, Fourth Edition is highly recommended for neurology residents and neurologists, as well as other health professionals looking to further their knowledge of Stroke prevention, diagnosis, management, treatment, and rehabilitation.

Ratings (1-4 , 4 being the highest):

Organization of information:    3

Usefulness of book:     3

Suitable for intended audience:    4

Authorís objectives met:      4

Significant number of illustrations:     4

Quality of illustrations:    3


Updated and revised, this new edition of Caplan's Stroke continues to provide a concise and pragmatic approach to the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of adult and pediatric stroke patients. Dr. Caplan a highly esteemed stroke authority shares with you his vast experience and wisdom as a stroke clinician, including his time-tested strategies and unique clinical pearls that you can implement into your own practice. Expanded coverage of imaging and laboratory diagnosis and treatment as well as extensive revisions throughout, brings you the latest advances on prevention, complications, and rehabilitation. The use of case studies illustrates the types of clinical scenarios you may experience in practice. And, its conversational, easy-to-read format make Caplan's Stroke an ideal resource for general neurologists, non-neurologists, and stroke specialists alike.


  • Discusses all cerebrovascular diseases to help you differentiate among all types of stroke so you can treat each patient appropriately.
  • Takes a distinctly personal and individual approach to general principles, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation, offering practical, clinical guidance on stroke and stroke related issues.
  • Provides detailed discussions on stroke syndromes in children and adults, including large artery occlusive disease of the anterior circulation, brain embolism, spinal cord stroke, and many, many more, to help you better manage every condition you see.
  • Uses case studies to highlight and emphasize clinical points.

Table of Contents:

1. General Principles

1.) Introduction and Perspective
2.) Basic Pathology, Anatomy, and Pathophysiology of Stroke
3.) Diagnosis and the Clinical Encounter
4.) Imaging and Laboratory Diagnosis
5.) Treatment

II. Stroke Syndromes

6.) Large Artery Occlusive Disease of the Anterior Circulation
7.) Large Vessel Occlusive Disease of the Posterior Circulation
8.) Penetrating and Branch Artery Disease
9.) Brain Embolism
10.) Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy, Cardiac Arrests, and Cardiac Encephalopathy
11.) Nonatherosclerotic Vasculopathies
12.) Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, Aneurysms, and Vascular Malformations
13.) Intracerebral Hemorrhage
14.) Stroke in Children and Young Adults
15.) Spinal Cord Vascular Disease
16.) Cerebral Venous Thrombosis

III. Prevention, Complications, and Recovery-Rehabilitation

17.) Stroke Prevention
18.) Complications in Stroke Patients
19.) Recovery and Rehabilitation


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