Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry

Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry

by David B. Arciniegas
     
 

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The merger of behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry into a single medical subspecialty, Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry, requires an understanding of brain-behavior relationships and a clinical approach that transcends the traditional perspectives of neurology and psychiatry. Designed as a primer of concepts and principles, and authored by a…  See more details below

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The merger of behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry into a single medical subspecialty, Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry, requires an understanding of brain-behavior relationships and a clinical approach that transcends the traditional perspectives of neurology and psychiatry. Designed as a primer of concepts and principles, and authored by a multidisciplinary group of internationally known clinical neuroscientists, this book divides into three sections: • Structural and Functional Neuroanatomy (Section I) addresses the neuroanatomy and phenomenology of cognition, emotion, and behavior • Clinical Assessment (Section II) describes neuropsychiatric history taking, neurological and mental status examinations, neuropsychological assessment, and neuroimaging, electrophysiologic, and laboratory methods • Treatment (Section III) discusses environmental, behavioral, rehabilitative, psychological, social, pharmacological, and procedural interventions for cognitive, emotional, and behavioral disorders. By emphasizing the principles of Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry, this book will improve your understanding of brain-behavior relationships and inform your care of patients and families affected by neurobehavioral disorders.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: Behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry share a common philosophy that the brain is the organ of the mind and is the final common pathway for all behavior. These two clinical neuroscientific disciplines focus on the clinical, physiological, and pathological aspects of neural processes manifested as abnormalities of cognition, emotion, and behavior. Psychiatry and neurology evolved into distinct but related medical specialties during the 20th century, with behavioral neurology associated with neurology and neuropsychiatry with psychiatry. These disciplines, however, developed in parallel and remain complementary, given their common historical roots as well as their common interest in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. Clinically, behavioral neurologists and neuropsychiatrists approach illness similarly, obtaining comprehensive patient histories that emphasize neurodevelopmental and environmental influences on cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and elementary neurological function. The assessment of these functions requires practitioners to have both an extensive knowledge of brain-behavior relationships and the skills to apply that knowledge to clinical practice. Behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry have merged into a single medical subspecialty with accredited training programs and board certification that identifies clinicians "dedicated to caring for persons and families affected by all manner of brain disorders producing cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and sensorimotor disturbances." This outstanding book, written and edited by leaders in the field, represents the current state of the art and science in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry. It is a very welcome contribution to the neurology and psychiatry literature.
Purpose: The purpose is to "build upon and extend the work of many previous volumes from which we have learned in a comprehensive attempt to draw behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry closer. We present this book in the spirit of promoting this effort for the good of our patients, our profession, and our world." Indeed, the editors and chapter authors have produced a wonderful, integrated clinical neuroscience book representing the current knowledge in this specialty.
Audience: The editors intend this book "primarily for physicians and investigators entering the field or early in their careers." They also note, "Those farther along in their careers may also find information of value in these pages." It is certainly required reading for individuals in behavioral neurology/neuropsychiatry (BNNP) fellowship training programs and those preparing to take the examination for board certification in BNNP.
Features: The first of the book's three sections focuses on structural and functional neuroanatomy with an informative chapter on fundamental brain function and structure. Section 2 covers assessment with very helpful chapters on neuropsychiatric and neuropsychological evaluations along with excellent chapters on brain imaging and electrophysiology. The final section reviews treatment modalities in BNNP, including principles of pharmacotherapy, pharmacotherapy for emotional and behavioral disturbances, rehabilitation, psychotherapy, and "procedural interventions" such as ECT, rTMS, DBS, and neurosurgery. This is a very scholarly book with important and timely citations of the scientific literature at the end of each chapter.
Assessment: This superb book is the most complete and comprehensive publication on this subject to date. It is essential reading for all who call themselves behavioral neurologists or neuropsychiatrists. It is also an essential reference for the care of patients who suffer from neuropsychiatric disorders.
From the Publisher
"This superb book is the most complete and comprehensive publication on this subject to date. It is essential reading for all who call themselves behavioral neurologists or neuropsychiatrists. It is also an essential reference for the care of patients who suffer from neuropsychiatric disorders."
Doody's Reviews

"This book is likely to become the standard textbook for programs offering subspecialty training in behavioural neurology and neuropsychiatry. I consider it to be an excellent volume and would strongly recommend it to psychiatrists with subspecialty interest in the interface between neurology and psychiatry."
The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781139609852
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/24/2013
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,230,960
File size:
82 MB
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Meet the Author

David B. Arciniegas, MD is the Michael K. Cooper Professor of Neurocognitive Disease, Director of the Neurobehavioral Disorders Program, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
C. Alan Anderson, MD is Professor of Neurology, Emergency Medicine, and Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Staff Neurologist at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Christopher M. Filley, MD is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, and Director of the Behavioral Neurology Section at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Neurology Service Chief at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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