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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is sort of a "new" manual from the authors and editors of The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, 5th edition (2008), and Essentials of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, 2nd edition (2010). It is one of the publisher's iterations that is a scaled-down and reformatted version of the parent textbook. However, the chapter authors and editors are internationally recognized clinician-scientists in neuropsychiatry (and neuropsychology) who have produced a concise, up-to-date, informative, and well-written addition to the psychiatric literature.
Purpose: The aim of this manual, according to the editors, is to "offer clinicians the comprehensive, expert guidance that they require to deliver cutting-edge, effective, and compassionate care."
Audience: The target audience includes "psychiatrists, psychologists, neurologists, geriatric physicians — indeed any mental health clinicians."
Features: The 12 chapters cover the usual topics in neuropsychiatry: the neuropsychological evaluation, brain imaging, delirium, traumatic brain injury, seizure disorders, cerebrovascular disease, brain tumors, CNS HIV, dementia and Alzheimer's disease, psychopharmacological treatments, and cognitive rehabilitation and behavior therapy and contains recommended readings as well as a reference section. It is not clear to me as to the rationale of not having a chapter on the neuropsychiatric examination and evaluation, which should have been the first chapter of this manual. Neuropsychiatric and drug related movement disorders, including catatonia, which neuropsychiatrists commonly encounter, should have a chapter of its own (catatonia is only mentioned once in this manual). Lastly, more diagrams and possible algorithms in evaluation and treatment of the various disorders would have been helpful. The manual features 427 pages divided into 12 chapters including an index.
Assessment: This is a new manual of neuropsychiatry and notwithstanding the above omissions, is a useful book for the clinician who treats patients with neuropsychiatric disorders.