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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Although treating the physical aspects of disease is often foremost in the minds of patients and clinicians, the cognitive and behavioral consequences are often more enduring. This book explores these aspects of pediatric disease.
Purpose: The aim of this book is to review the literature on pediatric illness and the directly resulting cognitive and behavioral effects of brain dysfunction, as opposed to secondary emotional and social effects.
Audience: The authors do not indicate a particular audience, but a wide variety of readers will find this compelling, including child and school psychologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, pediatricians, and pediatric neurologists. The editors and authors are well known and respected in their fields.
Features: The book begins with a brief overview of common consequences of pediatric diseases. The remainder of the book is separated into major sections of medical diseases, including diseases of an autoimmune, cardiac, endocrine, gastrointestinal, genetic, hematologic, infection, metabolic, neurocutaneous, neonatal, neuroplastic, neuromuscular, pulmonary, renal, sensory, sleep, toxic, and traumatic nature. As is evident, there is vast coverage of pediatric disease for many of the most commonly encountered problems. Each of these chapters describes the disease and its pathogenesis and has extensive subsections on neuropsychological profiles and other neurobehavioral abnormalities. The neuropsychological sections address specific cognitive domains to provide readers with a typical neuropsychological profile. Academic achievement is sometimes treated as a separate section to provide more specific and detailed information about this aspect of development. When appropriate, the chapters also cover diagnosis and screening, neurologic and radiologic abnormalities, and treatment. The chapters are well organized, easy to read, and contain useful tables and figures, but the print quality could be better in some cases (e.g., neuroimaging). The references are abundant and current to last year.
Assessment: This is an essential guide to the neuropsychological and neurobehavioral consequence of pediatric diseases for healthcare providers working with a pediatric population. Psychologists and neuropsychologists in particular would be remiss to evaluate and/or treat children without this book readily at hand.