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1 - What Is a Concussive Brain Injury?

from Part I - What Is a Concussion?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 February 2019

Jeff Victoroff
Affiliation:
University of Southern California, Torrance
Erin D. Bigler
Affiliation:
Brigham Young University, Utah
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A concussion is an abrupt rattling force. For more than 100 years, that straightforward term has been pressed into service by competing authorities who differ in their conceptualization of the correct medical application of this word for a commonplace physical phenomenon. This chapter will review the intriguing history of that somewhat distracting debate. If an English- speaking medical community wishes to employ the term, it is urged that: (1) its medical meaning comport with its fundamental meaning; (2) its medical meaning fulfill the semantic and taxonomic standards for a natural kind -- a discrete and specifiable phenomenon; and (3) its medical meaning be amenable to operationalization. A tentative, preliminary, logically defensible definition is proposed for consideration.
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Concussion and Traumatic Encephalopathy
Causes, Diagnosis and Management
, pp. 33 - 92
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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