Brain Injury: Applications from War and Terrorism

A new book, published by world-renowned UCSF neuroradiologist Dr. Alisa Gean, tackles the complexity of traumatic brain injury (TBI), how it is sustained, and how it affects both civilians and combatants alike. The text includes information and research gathered from nearly three decades of studying civilian TBI, as well as five intensive years of studying TBI sustained from combat, terrorism and natural disasters.

Many fail to understand the intense and far-reaching consequences of TBI. In the U.S. alone, over 1.5 million suffer a TBI annually, with approximately 5.4 million victims living with it for the rest of their lives. This figure does not account for recent wars, thus underestimating the problem. TBI is, however, the “signature injury” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it is critical that TBI be recognized as a major public health problem, no matter where it results from: war trauma, terrorism, natural disaster or in the civilian setting.

Although TBI is often a hidden injury, it is of epidemic proportions. Usually, the full extent of brain trauma is concealed from plain view. But, with new research comes new information, thus rewriting what we thought we knew about many aspects of TBI. Brain Injury: Applications from War and Terrorism is an exhaustive and innovative authority on the current approaches and applications of civilian and combat TBI. The text gives special attention to neuroimaging, but is reinforced with relevant clinical correlation.

Accompanied by detailed high resolution illustrations with meticulous annotation and a Foreword written by ABC News Correspondent and TBI Survivor Bob Woodruff, Brain Injury: Applications from War and Terrorism contains over 500 curated radiological and clinical images that enhance the concepts detailed in each chapter. Complete with up-to-date references, it is a state of the art resource guide for any member of the team of professionals caring for those who have sustained a traumatic brain injury and anyone who suffers from TBI.

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