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From The CriticsReviewer: Susan C. Levine, PhD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This book provides a summary of findings on cognitive deficits in children with various types of early brain damage, including genetic disorders, malformation syndromes, infections, toxic influences, and perinatal brain damage.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an organized source of information on this topic, a worthy objective as most of the information in this field is only available in scattered sources.
Audience: The book is targeted for researchers and clinicians concerned with patients who have early brain injury. The book should be useful to these audiences, although the depth of coverage may not be quite detailed enough for researchers.
Features: The book includes some tables and graphs, which are concentrated in the chapters that focus on the authors' research. The references are for the most part up-to-date. Overall, the book is well written and is comparable in appearance to other books of this type.
Assessment: To a large extent the book achieves its goals. However, coverage of research findings is somewhat sporadic, and some frequently cited studies are omitted. The level of detail with which various studies are described is somewhat uneven. For example, almost an entire chapter is devoted to the authors' own follow-up study of prematurely born children whereas other major studies are only described very briefly. The book is more a compendium of research findings on separate topics than a synthesis that provides an attempt at a theoretical statement on why (or whether) particular cognitive effects of brain damage vary with age.