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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: There has been tremendous progress in the understanding of the molecular genetic basis of many heretofore poorly understood catch-all syndromes of mental retardation and autism. It is unfortunate that most clinical psychiatrists who treat these patients do not actually have the ability to formulate a differential diagnosis for these syndromes, nor do they perform physical or neurological examinations or have any training in the dysmorphologies to be able to recognize these disorders. This comprehensive and important book on autistic spectrum disorders and neurodevelopmental disorders gives provides the latest information about these complex illnesses and will help clinicians provide better care for these patients.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the editors, is to "enable clinicians, patients, and families to understand these disorders and make sound treatment decisions in light of recent research."
Audience: The audience includes clinicians, patients, and their families. Trainees in psychiatry, neurology, and primary care would benefit from reading this book. Written and edited by a team of experts in neurodevelopmental disorders, this is a welcome addition to the field.
Features: The 11 chapters cover the signs and symptoms of each disorder, the epidemiology and etiology, the diagnostic approach and evidence-based treatments. Disorders covered include autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD, fragile X, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, Tourette syndrome, Down syndrome, Angelman and Prader-Willi syndromes, Williams syndrome, sex chromosome aneuploidy, learning disorders, and speech/language disorders. Each chapter concludes with relevant and timely citations of the scientific literature.
Assessment: "This is an excellent and clinically useful book on neurodevelopmental disorders that should be required reading/knowledge for any clinician involved in the care of these patients and their families. "