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From The CriticsReviewer: Sean Bryant, MD (University of Colorado Health Sciences Center)
Description: Literature is reviewed about current brain imaging modalities and their integration to study substance abuse. Use of these techniques in a legal context is also addressed.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a nexus on substance abuse brain imaging for a diverse audience. It is the author's hope that an increased understanding of the deleterious effects of substance abuse on the brain will be fostered by integration of these techniques. The text addresses a focused but provocative subject that is useful for a selected audience.
Audience: This book is directed to a broad audience, including clinical researchers, physicians, forensic experts, and lawyers. The format and information is most applicable to neuroscience researchers and subspecialists investigating substance abuse. The author is an expert in the field, with an appointment from Harvard medical school.
Features: A brief technical foundation, as well as the utility of current, relevant imaging modalities (electro-encephalography, PET, SPECT, and MRI), is explained. A section is dedicated to the relationship of neuroimaging findings to behavior in substance abuse patients. An intriguing chapter discusses the legal context of using these techniques in court. The exhaustive bibliography on substance abuse research is provided as a reference, useful for future clinical investigation. Listing of the figures and tables as a separate table of contents is helpful. The glossary is appropriate for the audience and essential to comprehending the material.
Assessment: This is a robust text for the investigation of neuroimaging applications in substance abuse research. Explanation of the basic technical details for mainstream neuroimaging modalities are clearly written. Use as a didactic reference for clinicians or laypersons is limited.