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Head Injury in Routine and Forensic Pathological Practice

  • J. F. Geddes
  • H. L. Whitwell
Part of the Current Topics in Pathology book series (CT PATHOLOGY, volume 95)


In recent years, head injury has lost its Cinderella status in the neuroscience world, as advances in the understanding of the cellular pathology have opened up the very real possibility of therapeutic intervention. For pathologists, a direct consequence of this has been that not only can much more of the tissue damage resulting from trauma now be appreciated on light microscopy, thanks to the development of immunocytochemical markers, but also there are often greater expectations of the autopsy and brain examination in a head injury case. This chapter describes a modern approach to head injury for non-neuropathologists, then addresses the specific problem of axonal injury, and finally tackles a rather specialist subject about which there is very little published information — namely, non-accidental head injury in infants.


Head Injury Vertebral Artery Axonal Injury Axonal Damage Diffuse Axonal Injury 
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