Disorders of the Autonomic Nervous System, the fifth volume in The Autonomic Nervous System book series, is a description of the disorders which give rise to autonomic failure and orthostatic hypotension. Each chapter is prepared by an international authority in the diagnosis and treatment of that disorder. The language and terminology are clear enough to promote understanding of the clinical problems and the underlying concepts of basic science. The most recent data, especially that derived from molecular biology, is included in the discussions of relevant diseases. Hence, the volume provides an unparalleled source of information about this area of medicine and will be helpful not just to practising clinicians but also to basic scientists researching in the field who need to familiarize themselves with the clinical problems.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Series — Historical and Conceptual Perspective of the Autonomic Nervous System Book Series, List of Contributors, 1 Introduction, 2 Brainstem and Cardiovascular Regulation, 3 Evaluation of Autonomic Failure, 4 Age-Related Changes in the Autonomic Nervous System, 5 Pure Autonomic Failure, 6 Shy-Drager Syndrome and Multiple System Atrophy, 7 Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathies, 8 Genetic Disorders of the Autonomic Nervous System, 9 Familial Dysautonomia, 10 Cardiovascular Disorders in High Spinal Cord Lesions, 11 Baroreflex Failure, 12 Orthostatic Intolerance Syndrome, Vasoregulatory Asthenia and Other Hyperadrenergic States, 13 Paroxysmal Autonomic Syncope, 14 Autonomic Responses to Microgravity and Bedrest: Dysfunction or Adaptation, 15 Orthotopic Cardiac Transplantation: A Model of the Denervated Heart, 16 Orthostatic Hypotension Induced by Drugs and Toxins, 17 Pheochromocytoma — Clinical Manifestations, Diagnosis and Management, 18 The Non-Pharmacological Management of Autonomic Dysfunction, 19 Pharmacological Treatment of Orthostatic Hypotension, Index
David Robertson is Director of both the Clinical Research Center, and the Center for Space Physiology and Medicine at the Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. In 1990 he established the Rare Disorder Network and has served on the FDA Consortium of Rare Diseases. A member of the Aerospace Medical Association, the Society for Neuroscience and the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Professor Robertson is a Fellow of the American Heart Association Councils on Circulation and Hypertension and was President of the American Autonomic Society between 1992 and 1994.
Italo Biaggioni is Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Having gained his MD from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heradia, Peru, he went to the Tropical Medicine Institute and the National Institute of Health in Peru, before moving to the USA and Vanderbilt University, where he has held the posts of Research Fellow, Instructor and then Clinical Associate Physician. His area of interest is the cardiovascular system and its links with the autonomic nervous system.