BOOKS Review Brief Reviews Head Injury By Louis Bakay and Franz E. Gfasauer Little, Brouvi and Company, Bostnn, 1980 445 pages, illustrated, $28.95 Mryer, P , and Schmztt, H (edri, Nervous System a n d Hypertension. New Yol-k,John W d e y 6 Sonr, 1979 This text by Bakay and his colleagues from the State University at Buffalo, New York, suffers in comparison to the recently published book on the same subject by Jennett and Teasdale. There is no description of care in the prehospital phase or of the importance of management during the first minutes following injury. The neurological assessment scheme of Ransohoff and Fleischer, while of interest, is not in general use, and there is no discussion of the Glasgow Coma Scale: a scale which has recently been adopted by many neurosurgical centers in the United States and Western Europe. The chapter o n scalp injuries is far too long for a book that devotes only a few pages to the intensive care of a brain-injured patient-a subject very superficially treated. The chapter on increased intracranial pressure, while it touches on the pertinent issues, does not pursue the pathophysiology in enough depth. Finally, the chapter on assessment and prognosis in head injuries is too brief. There has been an explosion in information available on the long-term consequences of brain i n jury, and we now have a much better understanding of what a rehabilitation program for such patients might entail. In summary, this book discusses the pathophysiology and management of head injury in a limited manner. Although many of the references are recent, the philosophical bent and the long chapters on scalp in juries and skull fractures reflect an unimaginative treatment of the subject. The book may be of interest to emergency room physicians, but it has too many deficiencies to be a significant addition to the library of a neurosurgical resident o r neurosurgeon. Moscona, A. Lawrence F . Marshall, M D Wikler. Abraham, Opioid Dependence, Mechanisms a n d Treatment. New York, Pleu14rn Press, 1980, 248 pages, $27.50 Division of Neutvsurgety University of Cafz’jrirniaMedical Center San Diego, C A 108 The book contains proceedings of a symposium held in Paris in June, 1778. A,,and Monroy, A . (eds), N e u r a l Development, Part 1 (Current Topics in Developmental Biology, Vol 15). New York, Academic Press, 1980, 440 page.c. $34.00 This is a multiauthored work anticipated as the first of three volumes to be included under the title. Authorities contribute chapters ranging from 2 0 to 50 pages in length with authorship reading like a u h o i u~hoin the field. Coverage is comprehensive and detailed. The volumes should be in any serious neuroscientific library. Motta, At. led], T h e Endocrine Function of the Brain. Comprehensive Endocrinology. hleuJ York, Raven Pres.r. 1980, 493 pages, $54.00 The book contains a series of collected papers on the subject with an orientation that is predominantly anatomical and endocrinological. Orem,John, and Barnes, Charles (e&t. Physiology in Sleep. Nezo York, Academic Press, 1980, -347 pages, $34.50 This multiauthored volume covers a variety of aspects of the physiology of sleep, including cardiovascular regulation, cerebral circulation, temperature regulation, endocrines, elementary function, and respiratory changes. Stratton, Donald B., Neurophysiology. New York. McGrau~-NilfBook Company, 1981 400 pages, $ 1 9.95 ~ This is a textbook with a considerable orientation toward human neurophysiology, intended for undergraduate and graduate students in introductory courses. Dr Wikler, longtime director of the Addiction Research Center in Lexington, Kentucky, summarizes the experiences of a lifetime of work in this important field.