credit: Elsevier Saunders
Suarez JI, Wijman CAC, editors. Management of acute stroke/CVA: Focus on blood flow regulation and blood pressure. Neurosurgery clinics of North America. Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders; 2006. p. 1-84.

The editors and authors have created a brief monograph which focuses upon blood flow regulation and blood pressure in the management of acute stroke. This is a topic of great clinical interest, and this book is an up-to-date review of what is known about the effects of blood pressure management in several different clinical situations. The entire monograph is only 66 pages in length and so can be read easily. Any neurologist or neurosurgeon who manages subarachnoid hemorrhage and stroke should read this book.

This little book can serve as a virtual algorithm for the management of blood pressure and thus perfusion pressure in patients with strokes of many kinds and subarachnoid hemorrhage. Those with their own protocol will find it interesting. Those establishing protocols will find it in valuable to understand what experts in the field are currently doing. The shortcomings in the data are well described.

This is an excellent book that should be in every neurologic intensive care and stroke unit. Anyone involved in the management of these patients will find it useful.

--Donlin M. Long, M.D., Ph.D.