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Neurologic Emergencies: How to Do a Fast, Focused Evaluation of Any Neurologic Complaint

  • Edited By: Latha Ganti, Joshua N. Goldstein
  • ISBN: 9783319645216
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
  • Edition: 1st
  • Publication Date: January 22, 2018
  • Format: Paperback – 319 pages
  • Language: English


This book is an unparalleled resource on neurologic emergencies. Most books on neurologic emergencies focus on treatment of a disease after it is diagnosed (such as stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, or meningitis). There are but a few books that focus on how to evaluate the patient with a neurologic symptom, before the diagnosis is made. This is the area that frontline providers, including emergency physicians, family physicians, primary care physicians, hospitalists, urgent care physicians, and midlevel providers struggle with. This book is written by clinicians with a clear understanding of the needs of non-neurologists in the front lines of medicine. The editors are board-certified emergency physicians with fellowship training and expertise in neurologic emergencies.

Neurologic Emergencies includes these point-of-care-friendly features:   

  • Extensive number of algorithms for distinct presenting symptoms
  • Classic neuroimaging findings
  • A concise bullet on what information needs to be conveyed to consultants
  • Reference to relevant national guidelines where applicable
  • Common chapter format to facilitate quick look-up
  • Numerous algorithms throughout for “on-the-spot” use
  • Chapters end with list of clinical pearls and pitfalls summarizing the very least a physician needs to know
  • Quick, yet comprehensive, overview of neurological emergencies every emergency physician will face
  • Chapters organized by easily recognized symptoms and scenarios
Table of Contents
  1. The fast focused neurologic exam
  2. “Rule out acute stroke”
  3. . Acute head injury: When to image, when to observe?
  4. Seizure activity: How to examine while treating
  5. Syncope: Who needs imaging? Who needs admission?
  6. Dizziness: An evidence based approach: Better than MRI?
  7. Acute eye symptoms: diplopia and loss of vision
  8. Headache: When to image, when to tap
  9. Neck and back pain: Who needs an MRI?
  10. The non-anatomic exam: psychogenic syndromes and malingering
  11. Altered mental status
  12. Acute generalized weakness
  13. Acute manifestations of chronic neurologic disease
  14. CNS infections
  15. Encephalopathy and Neurotoxicology
  16. Movement disorders emergencies
  17. Basic neuroanatomy
  18. Basic emergent neuroimaging
  19. Glossary 
Editors Biography

Latha Ganti, MD, MS, MBA is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Neurology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando, Florida, and Research Director for the the Hospital Corporation of America GME Consortium. . Her areas of expertise include stroke and traumatic brain injury, and her lab has enjoyed continuous extramural funding for the last 15 years, from the US Department of Defense, NIH, and private foundations. Dr. Ganti has published extensively in the field of neurologic emergencies, with over 100 papers. Dr. Ganti is also the founding Editor in Chief for the International Journal of Emergency Medicine, and has authored over 20 books and 100 research manuscripts. In addition to being a Fulbright scholar, Dr. Ganti has won numerous national teaching and leadership awards from the Mayo Clinic, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Joshua N. Goldstein MD, PhD, FACEP, FNCS is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He works in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and  manages a clinical research program focused on improving the care of patients with neurological emergencies. With support from NIH, industry, and nonprofit sources, his team performs clinical trials in diseases such as stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, and emergency anticoagulation reversal. Dr. Goldstein has lectured nationally and internationally on neurological emergencies, and has received awards from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and the Neurocritical Care Society. He has published over 100 original peer-reviewed research articles as well as numerous chapters and reviews, and runs a popular annual CME course focused on the evaluation and management of neurologic emergencies

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