A Practical Manual
editore: Churchill Livingstone
"Techniques In Clinical Neurophysiology - A Practical Manual" is derived from the hugely successful definitive text reference, "Clinical Neurophysiology, 2/e". Both publications have been prepared by experts of international renown, and follow a tradition of multidisciplinary team effort - with a strong foundation in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology - high standards of practical technological skills as well as those deriving from considerable experience in the clinical neurosciences. The aim of the book is that the reader should understand exactly how to undertake appropriate neurophysiological investigations. The book addresses the scientific principles, both biological and electrical, recording techniques, the development and characteristics of electrical potentials in normal subjects, and the ways in which these are disturbed by physical factors or disease. The impact of digital technologies and the possibilities of quantification, statistical treatment and advanced signal processing techniques, including expert systems, have enabled practitioners to work to much more rigorous scientific standards.
The increasing availability of such tools in daily clinical work, together with the broad understanding of computers amongst all staff, means that patients can now benefit from investigations of known specificity and sensitivity. At present, there is a lack of good solid text that addresses the peculiarities/limitations/advantages/calibration etc of the digital instruments. Growth in clinical applications is reflected by extended and well referenced sections on nerve conduction studies, electromyography, evoked potentials, EEG and EEG analysis, monitoring of epilepsy for surgery, recording in the neonatal and paediatric patient, monitoring during surgery and intensive care, sleep studies and magnetoencephalography. There are also balanced reviews of the use and abuse of techniques, training of staff and medico-legal issues together with advice on the setting up and running a department of clinical neurophysiology and an integrated digital clinical neurophysiological laboratory including telemedicine.
"Techniques In Clinical Neurophysiology - A Practical Manual" provides a comprehensive guide for practicing neurotechnologists and those working towards higher qualifications, clinical scientists - including neurophysiologists and neuropsychologists - and is relevant to biomedical engineers involved in design of equipment. It is an exciting time in clinical neurophysiology and it is intended that "Techniques In Clinical Neurophysiology - A Practical Manual" will facilitate the changes that are taking place.