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The degradation of consciousness continues to be a major cause of hospitalization and a terminal feature of many illnesses. Rational treatment is based on rapid assessment of the level of stupor or coma and determination of its cause. The slender, sharply focused first edition of this book published in 1966 defined the anatomy of the disorder and provided a lucid account of pathophysiology, the focal point being that coma results from rostrocaudal disintegration of the system that sustains consciousness. As the successive editions have grown in bulk, the clarity of the presentation has become blurred, though the core remains the
The Diagnosis of Stupor and Coma.. Ann Intern Med. ;94:423–424. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-94-3-423_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(3):423-424.
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