This reference is a comprehensive work in the field of neurotrauma and critical care. It incorporates the fields of head injury, spinal injury and basic neurotrauma research into one source. The major emphasis is on the treatment of patients with head and spinal cord injury, including the management of all other problems that bear upon the care of these patients. Coverage includes: pre-hospital and emergency room care; imaging techniques; operating room management; monitoring and treatment; therapeutic agents and interventions; complications; and rehabilitation. The "Basic research" section covers experimental models, and injury mechanisms and therapies.