Hans Levin

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UNLABELLED Recent concern regarding lidocaine neurotoxicity has prompted efforts to find alternatives to lidocaine spinal anesthesia. Small-dose dilute bupivacaine spinal anesthesia yields a comparably rapid recovery profile but may provide insufficient anesthesia. By exploiting the synergism between intrathecal opioids and local anesthetics, it may be(More)
The safety of lidocaine spinal anesthesia has recently been called into question by reports of both permanent and transient neurologic toxicity. This study explored the possibility of adapting the longer acting spinal bupivacaine to ambulatory surgery. Sixty patients presenting for ambulatory arthroscopy were randomized to four groups receiving the(More)
The present study investigated the prevalence and magnitude of depressive symptomatology in a sample of patients who had sustained traumatic brain injury (TBI) six months earlier. Depression was examined as a function of recovery outcome status, and its association with neuropsychological functioning, personal competency, and employability was also(More)
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) subjects at Glasgow Outcome Scale levels 3 (severe disability), 4 (moderate disability), 5 (good recovery), and an other-injury control group (OIC) were compared in terms of neuropsychological, psychosocial, and vocational functioning 6 months after injury. Subjects were a sample of 100 patients with a moderate to severe(More)
An automatic, neural network-based approach was applied to segment normal brain compartments and lesions on MR images. Two supervised networks, backpropagation (BPN) and counterpropagation, and two unsupervised networks, Kohonen learning vector quantizer and analog adaptive resonance theory, were trained on registered T2-weighted and proton density images.(More)
The associative memory function of the brain is an active area of experimental and theoretical research. This thesis describes the construction of a model of cor-tical auto-associative memory. Conceptually, it is based on Hebb's cell assembly hypothesis. The quantitative description comes from a class of artiicial neural networks, ANN, with recurrent(More)