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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a first-rate, informative new book on clinical cognitive neuroscience. The editors present a brain-based understanding of cognition and behavior in common disease states seen by neurologists, psychiatrists, and neuropsychologists. Written and edited by a cohort of internationally recognized clinician-scientists, this book is an outstanding contribution to the field.
Purpose: The purpose is to inform clinicians of the significant advances that have taken place in cognitive neuroscience, with an introduction to the cognitive and behavioral aspects of neurologic (and psychiatric) practice. The editors and authors have produced a highly informative book.
Audience: The intended audience includes neurologists, psychiatrists, and neuropsychologists. Trainees in neurology, psychiatry, behavioral neurology, and neuropsychiatry would benefit from this book.
Features: The first part of the book focuses on assessment methods with chapters on the clinical examination, neuropsychological assessment, and functional brain imaging. Focal brain syndromes are reviewed in part 2 with chapters covering aphasia, apraxia, spatial disorders, amnestic disorders, post-stroke neurobehavioral syndromes, and intracranial mass-related cognitive and behavioral disorders. The dementing disorders are covered in part 3, with chapters on differential diagnosis, Alzheimer disease, frontal temporal lobe dementia, vascular cognitive impairment, Lewy body disease, and the genetics of dementia. Part 4 reviews the cognitive disorders in neurological/psychiatric disorders with chapters on traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, schizophrenia, depression, and conversion disorder. Each chapter concludes with relevant and timely citations of the scientific literature.
Assessment: This is a brilliant new book on cognitive and behavioral neurology. A must read for anyone interested in neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology.