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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book presents significant cases in neuropsychology, some over a century old, which have impacted our understanding of brain damage and its effects. It is a follow-up to the first volume, published in 1996. These books help us understand the relationship between brain functioning and behavior a little better. Since these are classic cases, our learning is enhanced because important principles were established as mysteries were explored and understood.
Purpose: The purpose is to include classic cases in neuropsychology which have made a significant impact in the scientific community and still have relevance today. These are worthy objectives that the book meets.
Audience: According to the editors, "the contents of this book should be of interest to students of neuropsychology at all levels. We would hope that researchers, teachers, and practitioners in neurosciences, cognition, neurology, linguistics and speech and language pathology would find some, if not all, chapters of relevance to their work." I think the book is appropriate for graduate students and clinicians. It seems a little complex for undergraduate students. The editors and contributors are credible authorities in the subject matter of the book.
Features: The book covers classic cases in neuropsychology which were not included in Volume I. It covers language, calculation, memory, and perception, identification, consciousness. In order to truly know neuropsychology, one must learn through theory and case example. This fine looking book includes comprehensive author, subject, and case indexes. The only shortcoming is that the book is difficult to read without a strong background in neuropsychology.
Assessment: I really like this book because it includes many of the classic cases in the field. Since I have not been trained as a neuropsychologist, it is a challenge to read, but worth the effort.