Plum and Posner's Diagnosis of Stupor and Coma

Plum and Posner's Diagnosis of Stupor and Coma

Jerome B. Posner, Clifford B. Saper, Nicholas Schiff, and Fred Plum

Print publication date: Feb 2008

ISBN: 9780195321319

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

This resource provides an update on the clinical approach that was laid out in the previous 3 editions, and describes an approach for the physician at the bedside to diagnose and treat alterations of consciousness, based on pathophysiologic principles. It begins with a description of the physiology of consciousness and the pathophysiology of disorders of consciousness, followed by a description of the approach to a patient, and reviews the important structural and metabolic causes of coma are reviewed in detail. It also describes the emergency treatment, both medical and surgical, of patients with specific disorders of consciousness and their prognosis.