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Neurological Illness in Pregnancy: Principles and Practice


Author: M. Angela O'Neal and Christina Scifres

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


Publish Date: January 26, 2016

ISBN-10: 470670436

Pages: 288

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

The creation of this textbook was initiated by Dr. Autumn Klein, a pioneer of women’s neurology. She developed the format and carefully chose the authors from an elite group of specialists from across the United States and abroad. She unexpectedly passed away on April 17, 2013, before the completion of the book. In her memory, the authors of the book chose to complete the textbook as a legacy to her passion for the field of women’s neurology.

Dr. Klein began her education by studying gender and neuroscience at Amherst College where she earned her BA magna cum laude. She went on to obtain a PhD in neuroscience and an MD from Boston University School of Medicine. After an internship in internal medicine at Brown University, she completed her residency in the Harvard Neurology Residency Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, where she served as chief resident in her final year. She completed a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy and then went on to establish the Division of Women’s Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She subsequentlymoved to Pittsburgh where she founded the Division of Women’s Neurology within the Departments of Neurology and Obstetrics at the University of Pittsburgh. From its inception, Dr. Klein served as the chief of this unique subspecialty of neurology. The division served and continues to serve as an interdisciplinary program bridging neurology with obstetrics, gynecology, and women’s medicine. It focuses on gender differences in medical evaluation, diagnosis, and implementation of treatment and care. In addition to the creation of this division, she created an epilepsy monitoring unit for the treatment of pregnant women with epilepsy.

Autumn is fondly remembered for her selfless devotion to the patients for whom she cared. She made herself available for consultation on obstetrical patients 24/7. It was always reassuring to have her respond to an unexpected neurologic event. She educated her patients about their neurologic disease and about what to expect during pregnancy and motherhood. She collaborated extensively with obstetricians, anesthesiologists, and epilepsy staff to provide comprehensive patient care. With this first edition of Neurological Illness in Pregnancy, we hope that Autumn’s vision will be fulfilled and that it will create a legacy that carries on for generations to come.

M. Angela O’Neal
Christina Scifres
Janet F. R. Waters
Jonathan H. Waters

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