Confronting Traumatic Brain Injury: Devastation, Hope, and Healing

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Yale University Press, 1999 - Health & Fitness - 240 pages
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Traumatic brain injury is the fourth most common cause of death in the developed world: in the United States alone, 75,000 to 100,000 people die of brain trauma each year, and another 70,000 to 90,000 are left permanently impaired. This book--the first comprehensive, accessible book on traumatic brain injury--explains what it is, how it is caused, and what can be done to treat, cope with, and prevent it.

William Winslade presents facts about traumatic brain injury; information about its financial and emotional costs to individuals, families, and society; and key ethical and policy issues. He illustrates each aspect with dramatic case studies, including his own childhood brain injury. He explains how the brain works and how severe injuries affect it, both immediately and over the long term, pointing out how resources are often squandered on patients with poor prognoses and adequate insurance, while underinsured patients with better prognoses do not receive appropriate care. He tells about the lack of regulation in the rehabilitation industry and what federal and state legislatures are doing to correct the situation. And he offers recommendations for policy changes to lower the instances of traumatic brain injury (such as raising the minimum driving age) as well as practical steps that individuals can take to protect themselves from brain trauma.

 

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Medical philosopher Winslade has written a readable and broad overview of head injury: causes, treatment, rehabilitation, and health and public policy implications. The medicine and science of brain ... Read full review

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Very Helpful book on all the many aspects of T.B.I. and all the frustration that comes with it.I found strength in the persons' stories featured and also felt a need to help bring awareness to this major epidemic.Well written and informative.Easy for me to understand just 7 months out from a moderately severe closed head wound myself. 

Contents

It Can Happen to Anyone
1
one Our Vulnerable Brains
15
The Golden Hour
30
three Hope on the Horizon
42
four The Rough Road to Rehabilitation
64
Bibliography
205
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William J. Winslade is James Wade Rockwell Professor of Philosophy in Medicine at the Institute for Medical Humanities, professor of preventive medicine and community health, and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Houston Health Law and Policy Institute. He is the author of Choosing Life or Death: A Guide for Patients, Families, and Professionals.

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