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From The CriticsReviewer:Marilyn Sample, B.S. and M.S.(Indiana State University)
Description:This book focuses on the biological components of a client's psychosocial needs. The author incorporates recent research and classical research to support the information presented.
Purpose:The author provides a much needed resource to help nurses understand the biophysical mechanisms that contribute to various mental illnesses and conditions. The author states in his preface that this book will be helpful in future exploration of the subject and he views the book as a reference tool. The author fulfilled the foci that he outlined in the preface, and the book is a valuable addition to references devoted to the understanding of the biophysical basis of mental health needs.
Audience:The author indicates that the book is written for nurses by a nurse. It is my opinion that the book would also be a valuable reference for students and practitioners in the psychosocial disciplines of psychology and counseling. The author is a credible authority.
Features:The book devotes several initial chapters to presenting basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. It addresses potentially complicated information in a logical and easy to read manner. The remaining chapters apply research and anatomy and physiology to help the reader understand the biophysical basis for specific mental illnesses and conditions. There are numerous diagrams and tables that enhance the presentation of the information. Each chapter ends with a list of key points which helps to highlight important information. The absence of color in the book is an esthetic weakness and may be consideredfor addition in a possible future edition. Some terms like patient versus client and compliance versus adherence may not be up-to-date.
Assessment:This book is a worthy adjunct to textbooks for the students in psychosocial disciplines and a valuable reference for practitioners. It is an improvement over a single chapter that may be offered in a textbook, but is still concise enough that it is not cumbersome or redundant.