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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Linda Laatsch, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This valuable book for clinicians, students, patients and patients' families provides a comprehensive outline of psychiatric disorders commonly and uncommonly seen following brain injury.
Purpose: The authors state that they hope to provide readers, "a comprehensive update of behavioral and emotional changes associated with focal central nervous system lesions." For the most part, they thoroughly meet this worthwhile goal. The volume of new research provided through fMRI, SPECT, PET studies and advances in neurochemistry are difficult for current clinicians to assimilate. The authors provide a sourcebook of the most recent information concerning brain-behavior disorders.
Audience: Readers are provided with excellent summary information concerning specific neuropsychiatric syndromes and therefore the book is valuable to students of psychology, psychiatry, neurology, and other related medical fields. The book is also of value to practitioners who want to stay current and generally treat patients with neuropsychiatric disorders. Under the guidance of clinicians, portions of the book can be used to help inform patients and patients' families about psychiatric outcomes of brain injuries.
Features: The chapters of the book are divided into syndromes associated with particular areas of the brain or medical problems such as stroke. They address specific psychiatric disorders associated with focal brain injuries such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, mania, and depression. Although depressive symptoms following stroke is an area well covered in the book the treatment suggestions are somewhat limited. Review of treatment efficacy studies in post-stroke emotional lability is not provided although studies concerning changes in mood over time after stroke are provided. MRI data from illustrative cases are provided but not data from SPECT or PET images, which also can be useful. The case examples in some chapters are educational and help to make the book appropriate for clinicians just entering the field.
Assessment: The book provides a summary of information concerning a new and exciting area and it is a good addition to a clinician's library.