Book review: The Traumatized Brain

Rao, the director of the Brain Injury Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Vaishnavi, a Duke University Medical Center neuropsychiatrist, perform a minor miracle here by making the causes, etiology, symptoms, and treatment options of traumatic brain injury understandable to a layperson. Awareness of TBI, especially from sports or combat injuries, is on the rise, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that its incidence is rising as well. The Traumatized Brain succinctly covers brain function, how TBI affects it, and the variety of the emotional, behavioral, and cognitive problems that could present following injury. It's an approachably human and effectively informative book on a complicated and painful injury.