9780300079425

Confronting Traumatic Brain Injury : Devastation, Hope, and Healing

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  • ISBN13:

    9780300079425

  • ISBN10:

    0300079427

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1999-11-10
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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Summary

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 but adequate insurance, while underinsured patients with better prognoses often do not receive the best care. He describes the lack of regulation in the rehabilitation industry and what federal and state legislatures are doing to correct the situation. And he recommends policy changes for lowering 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.
William J. Winslade is James Wade Rockwell Professor of Philosophy in Medicine at the Institute for the Medical Humanities, professor of preventive medicine and community health, and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Houston Health Law and Policy Institute.

Author Biography

William J. Winslade is James Wade Rockwell Protessor of Philosophy in Medicine at the Institute for the Medical Humanities, professor of preventive medicine and community health, and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Houston Health Law and Policy Institute.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: It Can Happen to Anyonep. 1
Our Vulnerable Brainsp. 15
Saving Lives: The Golden Hourp. 30
Hope on the Horizonp. 42
The Rough Road to Rehabilitationp. 64
How Families Become Victimsp. 89
Facing Fatality--and Worse Fatesp. 106
Protecting the Most Vulnerablep. 125
A Better Use of Resourcesp. 141
Policies and Prioritiesp. 154
Prevention: The Best Solutionp. 176
Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 217
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