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Subarachnoid Haemorrhage.

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    Subarachnoid Haemorrhage. Edited bytakehiko yanagihara, david g peipgras, and john l d atkinson. (Pp 584, US$195).Published by Marcel Dekker Inc, New York, ISBN 0-8247-9519-9.

    This book is a synopsis of the current medical and surgical management of patients with subarachnoid haemorrhage. It represents a series on neurological disease and therapy, and has been compiled by 27 contributors who have been exposed to the Mayo Clinic experience over the past 30 years. The book consists of 18 chapters starting with pathophysiological and pharmacological concerns before considering the epidemiology, clinical presentation, investigations, and management. Each chapter is written from a personnel experience point of view, but is backed up by reference to the key literature on the subject. The chapter on the epidemiology of subarachnoid haemorrhage considers the difficulties in studying such patients paying address to selection bias and referral populations etc, and I found this particularly useful.

    The Mayo Clinic is recognised for its surgical excellence of neurovascular conditions, and the authors have taken full advantage of their experience in the form of highly readable and understandable chapters. Various surgical approaches are supported by case illustrations, which include some of their own disasters. The book concludes with a chapter on the latest developments in interventional neuroradiology, and an important chapter on the rehabilitation after subarachnoid haemorrhage, a subject which is often missing in texts of this type.

    In summary I found that this addition considering subarachnoid haemorrhage is a useful addition to the neurovascular bookcase. I would recommend it to those with a neurosurgical, neurological, or rehabilitative interest in neurovascular disorders.

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