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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jonathan Graff-Radford, M.D.(Mayo Clinic Rochester)
Description: This book comprehensively reviews the relationship between stroke and behavioral/cognitive disorders. The previous edition was published in 2009.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as a bridge between the clinical and cognitive neuroscience of stroke. The book achieves this important objective by reviewing the various behavioral and cognitive presentations of cerebrovascular disease with a focus on identifying and managing these disorders.
Audience: The book is targeted at those who take care of stroke patients or patients with cognitive impairment, including cerebrovascular neurologists, behavioral neurologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, and neuropsychologists.
Features: The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 serves as a review of vascular cognitive impairment, and part 2 summarizes behavioral syndromes related to stroke including aphasia, apraxia, neglect, acalculia, and memory. These chapters typically describe the behavioral/cognitive disorder including presentation, relevant anatomy, and treatment/management. Alexia and agraphia in acute and chronic stroke and disorders of episodic memory are particularly well covered. While the book provides a nice summary of apraxia, the absence of a diagram of the pathophysiology/anatomy is a shortcoming. Finally, part 3 focuses on the treatment and identification of dementia related to vascular disease.
Assessment: This is a valuable reference for those interested in the relationship between cognition and vascular disease. This book takes the unique approach of reviewing not only vascular cognitive impairment, but also the various behavioral/cognitive syndromes related to vascular disease. This unique approach sets this book apart from other books that focus on either behavioral neurology or stroke. Given the significant advances in our understanding of vascular cognitive impairment since 2009, an update is necessary.