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From The CriticsReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Strokes present with unique cognitive and behavioral manifestations that are a window into the brain's functions. A thorough understanding of these manifestations and their treatment is of utmost importance for maximizing recovery. This book provides just such a resource.
Purpose: As noted by the authors, this book provides information on the care of stroke patients, particularly in terms of the rehabilitation of cognitive and behavioral deficits.
Audience: It is going to be most helpful for neurologists, neuropsychologists, and other members of cognitive rehabilitation teams. This is also a thoroughly appropriate book for medical students and young neuropsychologists, as it covers many of the classic syndromes in behavioral neurology. The excellent contributing authors are mostly European.
Features: There are several major sections to this book that cover a wide range of syndromes. These span the gamut from aphasia to hemianopsia to delirium. The first chapter provides a focused, but brief overview of cognitive assessments in the acute phase of stroke and some examples that underscore its importance. The remaining chapters cover more specific neurobehavioral syndromes. They include information about stroke type and locations, neuroanatomical correlates of the syndromes, and information about clinical evaluation. Readers will find reviews of the pertinent literature on the rehabilitation of these various neurobehavioral syndromes and their prognosis. Some chapters have an appendix that offers additional useful information, such as guidelines for bedside interviews. There are plentiful illustrations, figures, and neuroimaging slides, some of which are in color. The references are relatively current and the index is extensive.
Assessment: This is a sterling example of a comprehensive book on the etiology, assessment, and rehabilitation of stroke patients. It will be invaluable to neurologists and neuropsychologists working with stroke patients and it is an absolute necessity for students in these fields.