Clinical Manual of Neuropsychiatry

Clinical Manual of Neuropsychiatry

by Stuart C. Yudofsky
     
 

Clinical Manual of Neuropsychiatry focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of the full spectrum of neuropsychiatric disorders, as well as those conditions that have significant neuropsychiatric components.

With the help of this highly practical manual, clinicians are empowered to evaluate patients and treat the neuropsychiatric aspects of a host

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Clinical Manual of Neuropsychiatry focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of the full spectrum of neuropsychiatric disorders, as well as those conditions that have significant neuropsychiatric components.

With the help of this highly practical manual, clinicians are empowered to evaluate patients and treat the neuropsychiatric aspects of a host of disorders. The manual: • Sets forth a concise, step-by-step approach to assessing patients, by beginning with the indications for a neuropsychological evaluation, and progressing through the patient interview, physical examination, and measures that are useful diagnostic indicators, such as psychological testing and structural and functional neuroimaging.• Offers complete physiological and epidemiological information about each condition, by providing much-needed context and helping the clinician to identify the focal neurological symptoms to look for, potential contributing factors, and the course a disease is likely to follow.• Covers the general neuropsychiatric and neuropsychological considerations the clinician must take into account when attempting to understand the factors that influence presenting symptoms and behavioral changes. For example, intracranial pressure can be and elusive consequence of central nervous system (CNS) tumors and has been implicated in behavior changes such as apathy and depression.• Aids the clinician in making a clinical diagnosis through the precise evaluation of a patient's neurological and psychiatric signs and symptoms, through taking a careful history, and through a directed physical examination the patient.• Addresses the full range of available treatment options, including psychopharmacological, psychotherapeutic, and cognitive rehabilitation modalities. • Presents an utterly up-to-date chapter on psychopharmacological treatment of patients with neuropsychiatric disorders, and includes an abundance of tables that compare indications, efficacy, and side effect profiles for the full range of drugs that are likely to be prescribed.

While acknowledging the ongoing dialogue on the nature of neuropsychiatry, Clinical Manual of Neuropsychiatry focuses on the paramount duty of the physician, whether psychiatrist or neurologist: to understand each patient's underlying disease and to ease the suffering it causes. This meticulously referenced, thoughtfully illustrated, and elegantly structured volume deserves a place in both the beginning and seasoned clinician's library.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (Northwestern University Feinberg School 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585629817
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/24/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
447
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D., is D.C. and Irene Ellwood Professor and Chairman, and the Drs. Beth K. and Stuart C. Yudofsky Presidential Chair of Neuropsychiatry of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine; and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Robert E. Hales, M.D., M.B.A., is Joe P. Tupin Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California--Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, California; Medical Director of the Sacramento County Mental Health Services in Sacramento, California; and Editor-in-Chief of American Psychiatric Publishing.

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