Author: Dr. Rahul Nath
ISBN 978-1-58939-970-9 (softcover)
Obstetric Brachial Plexus Injuries This book is a personal account of the treatment options for brachial plexus injuries sustained by babies at birth. The author's experience with several thousand such patients has led to the diagnostic and therapeutic methods detailed in the book. These evidence-based practices are taken from the author's practice and from the scientific literature.
Several new findings not previously described are presented, and techniques to treat these problems are shown. Illustrations and pictures are designed to improve understanding of the concepts underlying treatment options as well as the underlying pathologies.
The book is divided into sections covering the initial nerve injury, and the physiological and anatomical responses of the muscles and bone to the nerve injury. A separate section is devoted to clinical methods of diagnosing common as well as unusual problems that occur. Opposite each illustrated section on diagnosis is a treatment panel that describes the author's personal approach to the management of various functional deficits.
Dr. Nath's book is written for a wide audience and is an introduction to a fascinating and often misunderstood field of medicine. The level of writing is suitable for health care professionals or families interested in knowing more about the injury as well as their treatment options.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Rahul Nath received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. He trained in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis with later subspecialty training in brachial plexus and peripheral nerve surgery. He has devoted his practice of the past 10 years to managing patients with difficult and complex nerve injuries, especially in children.
Dr. Nath has evaluated and treated several thousand children with brachial plexus injuries, one of the largest such practices. Dr. Nath has developed and refined surgical techniques as well as therapeutic methods. He has been peer-nominated as one of "America's Top Doctors" for six consecutive years, from 2001 through 2006. He holds two United States patents for a surgical device and a synthetic DNA molecule that he developed to fight scar production in human tissues.
Dr. Nath has published extensively in the scientific literature and is currently the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Injury, the first such scientific journal to be devoted to this important topic.
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