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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Linda Laatsch, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a well-written, well-compiled book that is of great value to a range of professionals in the fields of rehabilitation, neurology, and neuropsychology. The contributors, from diverse fields within the U.S, Canada, and Europe, are well known in the field of rehabilitation. The book was developed from a conference, which took place in 1995, and it is an attempt to provide a comprehensive survey of cognitive rehabilitation.
Purpose: This book is designed to be an "updated" informative sourcebook for individuals within the field. The editors' efforts towards their established goals need to be commended because the book is truly what they hoped: a valuable, timely, updated review of pertinent issues in cognitive rehabilitation. They acknowledge that, with today's advancements in neuroimaging, cognitive rehabilitation cannot be studied or understood without consideration of the biological substrates associated with the rehabilitation efforts. This is a novel and an important statement to make within the field.
Audience: The audience, as stated above, is diverse and not limited to cognitive rehabilitation specialists. This book is essential for specialists in the areas of rehabilitation at all levels — beginning, intermediate, and advanced. It is especially valuable to academic researchers who are interested in systematically studying cognitive rehabilitation in terms of outcome and biological effects.
Features: There are well-written chapters on the mechanics of recovery, including descriptions of neuroplasticity and intracerebral transplantation. In one chapter contributors take a cognitive psychological approach to compensation that is especially helpful to practitioners. An interesting chapter on the relationship between gender and recovery, an infrequently considered variable, is provided. Reviews of pharmacological approaches are provided in three chapters. Clinical approaches are described in a comprehensive technique section. Also included is a chapter on the essentials of managing a cognitive rehabilitation center.
Assessment: The editors are inclusive and broad in their approach. They do not present one type of approach, as others have done in previous works, such as Parente's Retraining Cognition (Aspen Publishers, 1996). While books on technique alone are valuable, this book includes a range of ideas and philosophies within the field of cognitive neurorehabilitation.