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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mark L. Wolraich, MD (Vanderbilt University)
Description: This book reviews the relationship between learning ability and brain lesions, describes pervasive developmental disorders, their relationship to language and brain lesions, and reviews the impact of prenatal exposure of substances and infections on the developing brain.
Purpose: The purpose is to clarify the concept that behavior is directly related to brain function and that it is adversely affected by damage to the brain.
Audience: Although the targeted audience is not explicitly stated by the authors, it will likely be of most interest to practitioners and residents involved in the care of children, particularly those who are involved in infant and child development and in developmental disabilities.
Features: The book provides numerous references to substantiate the information presented and provides readers with the opportunity to explore the topics in more depth. It is organized into three sections: brain and behavior, autism, and fetal influences.
Assessment: The book provides good reviews of brain deficits, autism, and fetal teratogens. The central themes of the book tend to oversimplify the relationship between brain function and behavior, and the chapters do not seem to hold together as a central theme. The book is of interest for the reader wanting a succinct review of autism and the impact of teratogens.