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Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Frontiers in Clinical and Translational Research is a text which addresses the goal of advancing the "state of the art" in comprehensive care of the child with head injury. The need for a book such as this is underscored by the fact that, despite advancements within each separate domain of care, there remains a lack of clear and unified treatment approaches. No doubt, this is in large part due to the focus on adult brain injury protocols which are free from the underlying developmental concerns at the forefront of pediatric neurology practice. What is truly needed, and eloquently expressed by the editors in the introductory chapter of the book, is interdisciplinary cross-talk which can inform the practice of the entire healthcare team.
Discussion between professionals providing medical, psychological and rehabilitation services to children with brain injury can only be stimulated by providing essential information in each area as a base from which further collaboration can be generated. The editors accomplish this task by asking authors to briefly summarize the recent literature in their area of expertise along with a summary of future research directions. While this is not an uncommon textbook writing style, the unique perspective from which it is written highlights the purpose of the book. There is a clear focus in each chapter on integrating knowledge across disciplines as a means of not only directly improving patient outcomes but also overcoming barriers to progress in research. For example, there is a discussion about emerging biomarkers of trauma severity which can play a role in initial assessment and early post-injury care. These biomarkers may also have the potential to help categorize neurobehavioral responses if future research can show them to be useful and reliable measures. Emphasis is placed on rehabilitation and long-term outcomes rather than acute care.
Not to be confused with an all-inclusive clinical management textbook, Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury is a relatively short (less than 250 pages) presentation of the various lines of research in the field and the specific areas which would benefit most from fresh collaborative efforts. As such, it should be of great interest to clinicians and researchers working with children suffering from the effects of head injury. The book would also provide an effective survey of the field for those with limited experience.
Ratings (1-4 , 4 being the highest):
Organization of information: 3
Usefulness of book: 3
Suitable for intended audience: 4
Author’s objectives met: 4
Significant number of illustrations: 2
Quality of illustrations: 3
From the Publisher:
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability in children and adolescents around the world and represents a global public health issue. Major improvements in the medical treatment of the initial injury have increased survival rates resulting in the focus shifting to consider the subsequent and longer-term cognitive, emotional and behavioral consequences for the recovering child or adolescent. These disabilities, if left untreated, continue into adulthood with consequent economic and societal costs. This book reviews the research into the consequences of TBI emphasizing the translation of new understanding into effective treatments and interventions, and identifying promising areas for further study. This will be essential reading for neuropsychologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and pediatricians.
• Chapter authors from multiple disciplines giving the book a broad appeal to both clinicians and researchers
• State-of-the-art reviews by experts providing the most up-to-date information in a single source
• Promotes research that cuts across disciplines and domains and quickly translates to clinical practice
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: pediatric traumatic brain injury Vicki Anderson and Keith Yeates
2. Genomics, proteomics, and biomarkers in pediatric TBI Rachel Berger, Patrick Kochanek and Ronald Hayes
3. Neurobiology of traumatic brain injury sustained during cerebral development David Hovda
4. Biomechanics of pediatric TBI Susan Margulies
5. Clinical trials in pediatric TBI David Adelson
6. Neurobehavioral outcomes of pediatric TBI Gerry Taylor
7. Neuroimaging in pediatric TBI Stephen Ashwal
8. Mild traumatic brain injury Mike Kirkwood and Keith Yeates
9. Mild pediatric TBI: consequences in adulthood Erik Hessen
10. Psychosocial intervention in pediatric TBI Shari Wade
11. Cognitive rehabilitation in children with TBI Ingrid van't Hooft
12. Pediatric TBI: challenges for treatment and rehabilitation Cathy Catroppa
13. Integrative, multi-disciplinary and translational research Bryan Kolb
14. Conclusions: where to now? Vicki Anderson and Keith Yeates.