The Comatose Patient

The Comatose Patient

Eelco F.M. Wijdicks

Print publication date: May 2014

ISBN: 9780199331215

Publisher: Oxford University Press


The Comatose Patient, Second Edition, is a critical historical overview of the concepts of consciousness and unconsciousness, covering all aspects of coma within 100 detailed case vignettes. This comprehensive resource includes principles of neurologic examination of comatose patients as well as instruction of the FOUR Score coma scale, and also discusses landmark legal cases and ethical problems. Additionally, this edition includes extensive coverage of the interpretation of neuroimaging and its role in daily practice and decision making, as well as management in the emergency room and ICU. It also details long-term supportive care and an appropriate approach to communication with family members about end-of-life decision making.

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