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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael J. Bamdad, MA, CCC-SLP(George Washington University)
Description: This book reviews and summarizes information on neurogenic language disorders. The number of topics discussed is quite comprehensive. Chapters are brief, succinct, and to the point.
Purpose: According to the author, the purpose is to educate readers about the array of cognitive-linguistic disorders, particularly aphasia. This is a very worthwhile objective, and it has been clearly met by all contributors.
Audience: It is written for all those affected by, or who work with those affected by, aphasia and related neurogenic language disorders. The author is a highly credible authority.
Features: The book covers the various types of aphasias. Then, chapters covering various cognitive-linguistic deficiencies are reviewed, including dementia and traumatic brain injury. One chapter presents a nice review of neuroimaging and how it applies to studying aphasia.
Assessment: This is an extremely high quality text. The contributing authors have successfully reviewed all pertinent areas on this topic. This is an excellent resource for practitioners. I particularly enjoyed seeing a separate chapter on pragmatics, which is so often overlooked as a key deficit area in many of our patients. This book is very useful.