Brain Disorders Sourcebook, 5th Ed.

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Brain Disorders Sourcebook, 5th Ed.

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Brain Disorders Sourcebook, Fifth Edition provides readers with updated information about brain function, neurological emergencies such as a brain attack (stroke) or seizure, and symptoms of brain disorders. It describes the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation therapies for genetic and congenital brain disorders, brain infections, brain tumors, seizures, traumatic brain injuries, and degenerative neurological disorders such as Alzheimer disease and other dementias, Parkinson disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). A glossary of related terms is also included along with a directory of additional resources about brain disorders.

This book is divided into parts and chapters. Parts focus on broad areas of interest. Chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.

Part I: Brain Basics describes the human brain and how the aging process and the environment may contribute to brain disorders. Symptoms of brain disorders and details about identifying neurological emergencies are discussed. Facts about coma, other states of impaired consciousness, and brain death are also included.

Part II: Diagnosing and Treating Brain Disorders reviews common neurological tests and describes current treatments, including the use of steroids, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and brain surgery. Information about cognitive recovery, measurements of brain function, and guidelines for finding rehabilitation facilities is also presented.

Part III: Genetic and Congenital Brain Disorders offers information about adrenoleukodystrophy, Batten disease, and other neurological conditions that create severe disability and often shorten the lifespan. It also reviews congenital disorders that affect brain function throughout life, but which are not always progressively debilitating. These include cerebral palsy, cephalic disorders, and other birth defects.

Part IV: Brain Infections describes inflammatory diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites that affect the brain and related structures. These ailments, which can cause severe illness—and even death—in otherwise healthy individuals, include encephalitis, meningitis, and neurocysticercosis.

Part V: Acquired and Traumatic Brain Injuries offers guidelines for identifying traumatic head injuries and offering first aid. Facts about concussions and sports concussions are provided, and detailed information about traumatic brain injury (TBI) is given to help individuals and families affected by it. Separate chapters present information about acquired (non-traumatic) brain injuries, including brain aneurysm, cavernous angioma, hydrocephalus, peripheral neuropathy, stroke, and Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.

Part VI: Brain Tumors describes the symptoms and treatments for primary, metastatic, pituitary, childhood and adult brain tumors as well as benign and tumor-associated brain cysts. It offers tips for managing treatment side effects, fatigue, cognitive changes, and work-related concerns.

Part VII: Degenerative Brain Disorders discusses neurological disorders that often lead to progressive deterioration of physical or mental functioning. These include Alzheimer disease and other dementias, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Friedreich Ataxia, Huntington disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson disease, and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).

Part VIII: Seizures and Neurological Disorders of Sleep describes epileptic and non-epileptic seizure disorders, myoclonus, restless legs syndrome, and narcolepsy.

Part IX: Additional Help and Information provides a glossary of terms related to brain disorders and a directory of organizations and resources for additional information.

Standard Features in the Health Reference Series

  • Library Binding, 6 x 9
  • 550-650 pages per volume
  • Include access to Health Reference Series Online.
  • Easy-to-use volumes organized into parts and chapters. Parts focus on broad areas of interest. Chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.
  • Authoritative content from respected government agencies and institutes, university research centers, professional medical associations, and non-profit health organizations.
  • Comprehensive chapters feature generous use of headings and subheadings for ease of navigation.
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations display statistical data and supplement explanations.
  • Helpful glossary provides definitions of technical terms.
  • Resource directories with contact information highlight organizations that can provide further information and support.
  • Professionally prepared master index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts.
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