This chapter provides an overview of the neurological aspects of brain damage and recovery. It addresses the anatomic, physiologic and biochemical mechanisms of injury. The chapter considers the numerous variables that are assumed to determine outcome after brain injury. When stroke occurs as a result of cerebral vascular disease the site of damage and its configuration often conform to the vascular supply of a particular vessel or vessels. Depending on the nature and extent of a brain lesion, there is a variable period of time after injury when some improvement is attributable to the resolution of acute physiological derangements. Clinical observation suggests that there is an inverse correlation between age and recovery of function after brain damage, and children seem to have a greater capacity for recovery of language functions. Motivational factors are probably very important in influencing recovery from brain damage.
|Title of host publication
|Integrating Theory and Practice in Clinical Neuropsychology
|Taylor and Francis
|Number of pages
|Published - 1 Jan 2018