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UI professor publishes first-of-its-kind stroke book
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. Robert G. Robinson, UI professor and head of
psychiatry, wants to help physicians better identify, understand and treat
the various problems associated with strokes.
To achieve his goal, Robinson has written a first-of-its-kind book,
"The clinical neuropsychiatry of stroke: cognitive, behavioral and
emotional disorders following vascular brain injury." The nearly 500-page
text, recently published by Cambridge University Press, details all aspects
of stroke from its history to the psychiatric disorders it may cause.
"This book represents a compilation of the past 20 years of study,"
Robinson said. "There is nothing out there like it."
The book includes not only Robinson's own research but the work of others
in the field, as well. Robinson wanted to bring all stroke research and
publications together into a single source.
Although primarily for physicians, the book also may be useful for family
and friends of people who have had strokes, Robinson said.
Stroke, or cerebral vascular accident, is the sudden loss of blood supply
to a region of the brain and leads to permanent tissue damage. It is the
most common serious neurological disorder in the world. In the United States
alone, there are about 400,000 cases annually.
Robinson has studied the problem for the past 20 years and examined
in detail more than 700 patients with stroke. He has found that more than
half of these patients had significant emotional disorders during the first
two years after the brain injury.
In discussing the stroke problem with others in the health-care industry,
Robinson discovered that many physicians and others are unsure of what
constitutes a "normal" psychological response to stroke and what
is a disorder that requires treatment.