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TitleBiomechanics of closed head injury
AuthorsAnderson RWG, McLean AJ
Year1997
TypeBook Chapter
AbstractThis chapter discusses ways in which the brain is thought to be injured by a blunt impact to the head. The impacting object is assumed to be unlikely to penetrate the skull in the manner of a bullet, for example. The chapter is also concentrated on injuries to the brain, rather than lacerations and abrasions to the scalp or fractures of the skull. Obviously, if the skull is fractured and displaced inwards, then the part of the brain underlying the fracture will be injured. However, the brain can be very severely injured without the skull being fractured by the impact to the head (Gennarelli, 1980). Other intracranial injuries, such as subdural hematomas, are referred to briefly in relation to theories of mechanisms of primary injury to the brain. Secondary complications of head injury also affect the brain but they are not considered in this chapter.
Book DetailsHead Injury: pathophysiology and management of severe closed injury, P Reilly, R Bullock (eds)
PublisherChapman & Hall
Publisher CityLondon
ISBN0412585405
Page Range25-37
Page Count13
Notesavailable from CASR library on request

Reference
Anderson RWG, McLean AJ (1997) 'Biomechanics of closed head injury', in Head Injury: pathophysiology and management of severe closed injury, P Reilly, R Bullock (eds), Chapman & Hall, London, pp 25-37.