Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Vietnam Head Injury Study

  • Tresa Roebuck-SpencerEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_9251




The Vietnam Head Injury Study (VHIS) is a prospective, long-term, longitudinal study of 1,221 Vietnam veterans who sustained a TBI between 1967 and 1970.

Current Knowledge

The VHIS registry was designed by William Caveness, a neurologist and retired Naval Reserve Captain, who was chief of the Laboratory of Experimental Neurology at the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke. Registry forms collected detailed information about wound characteristics and the neurological status of individuals anticipated to survive their injuries. Due to a high number of low-velocity penetrating fragment wounds, this cohort was predominately comprised of penetrating traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Of the 2000 registry forms received, addresses were found for 1221 individuals. Phase 1 of the study included a retrospective review of military and veterans affairs (VA) records at 5-years post injury. Phase 2 evaluated 520 head-injured subjects from...

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References and Readings

  1. Raymont, V., Salazar, A. M., Kreuger, F., & Grafman, J. (2011). “Studying injured minds” – the Vietnam head injury study and 40 years of brain injury research. Frontiers in Neurology, 2(15), 1–13.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jefferson Neurobehavioral GroupMetairieUSA