Concise Guide to Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology / Edition 2

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Despite dramatic advances in our understanding of the brain and brain disorders, we still have much uncharted territory to explore in neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology, two rapidly growing disciplines devoted to understanding the behavioral consequences of brain dysfunction and using this information to improve patient care.

The second edition of this popular pocket guide (part of American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.'s Concise Guides series; it literally fits into the pocket of a lab coat or jacket) is updated throughout, featuring new medications and new diagnostic procedures and criteria. Like the first edition, it presents brief synopses of the major neuropsychiatric and neurobehavioral syndromes, discusses their clinical assessment, and provides guidelines for management, plus a glossary, index, and bibliographies that refer to more extensive reading.

The authors summarize diagnostic and treatment information in easy-to-read tables, including clinical features, underlying pathophysiology, and treatment options for the major neuropsychiatric disorders.

Beginning with several chapters on neuropsychiatric assessment methods, basic neuroanatomic and neurochemical principles, neuropsychiatric symptoms (including unexplained neurological symptoms, such as generalized anxiety, panic, and conversion and dissociative disorders) and syndromes (e.g., frontal lobe, aphasia), and the differential diagnosis of major neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g., depression, mania, psychosis, anxiety), the authors organize subsequent chapters by disease: • Visual/visuospatial impairment, which is critical to human survival and most severe with right-brain dysfunction and injury, where it causes a variety of neuropsychiatric symptoms• Disorders of memory (etiology, anatomy, and tests for disorders such as amnesia), epilepsy (especially temporal lobe epilepsy), dementia and delirium (emphasizing the clinical criteria identifying the different dementias), and movement disorders (including Parkinson's disease and hyperkinetic movement disorders and tremors)• Stroke (cerebrovascular disease is one of the most common causes of acquired behavior change in adults) and brain tumors (with associated neuropsychiatric morbidity)• White matter diseases (e.g., multiple sclerosis), with acquired or hereditary leukoencephalopathies, which can be further classified pathologically or according to the underlying metabolic abnormality; and head injury (e.g., intracranial hematoma, infection, epilepsy) and its sequelae (e.g., personality and cognitive changes, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder)

The final chapter covers the latest treatments, such as neuropsychopharmacology (e.g., antidepressants, antipsychotics, sedative hypnotics, mood-stabilizers, anticonvulsants), electroconvulsive therapy, vagus nerve stimulation, and neurosurgical procedures (i.e., destruction of large tracts of white matter to and from the frontal lobes).

An immediately useful clinical companion for psychiatrists and geriatric psychiatrists, neurologists, and neuropsychologists both within the U.S. and abroad, this volume is also exceptionally practical for students and residents because of its broad scope and easily accessible information.

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Editorial Reviews

William M. Greenberg

This book would be most useful for medical students or resident physicians, who can use it for review and carry it conveniently for reference, but it could also be of value for other practitioners who regularly work with individuals with neurological disorders and their psychopathological sequelae.

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Reviewer: Raj Tummala, MD (Wyeth Pharmaceuticals)
Description: This is a well-written, interesting, and clinically practical reference manual on neuropsychiatric disorders.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a quick reference pocket manual for physicians in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of the patient with neuropsychiatric deficits. This book is meant not only for psychiatrists and neurologists, but also for everyone dealing with the neurosciences. The book largely meets its overall objective.
Audience: This book is targeted towards general psychiatrists, neuropsychiatrists, neurologists, students, and residents in both psychiatry and neurology. The author is very credible in clinical psychiatry.
Features: The book starts with a review of the fundamentals of a neuropsychiatric assessment, behavioral neurology and goes into details of the various neuropsychiatric disorders. Each disorder is described by epidemiology, clinical features, pathology, and differential diagnosis as well as algorithms for diagnosis. The book also has useful illustrations showing abnormal performances due to neuropsychiatric deficits.
Assessment: This is a very useful and easy to read manual that the clinician can use on a daily, quick reference basis. The book is written in a very practical, user-friendly format differentiating itself from other books in this category.
Michael J. Schrift
This is an extremely interesting, practical, comprehensive, and small new book written by well-known clinician/researchers covering the field of neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology. The purpose is to provide a reference text that can be used to quickly access diagnostic and treatment information for the care of patients with neuropsychiatric disorders. In my opinion, it is the Wash U manual for neuropsychiatry. The book provides discussions of clinical assessment and guidelines for the management of patients with these disorders. The authors stated that they intended to provide the most critical facts and bibliographies that should guide more extensive reading. The intended audience is neuropsychiatrists, behavioral neurologists, and psychiatrists who are interested in evaluating and treating patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders. It would also be most useful to both psychiatry and neurology residents in training as well as medical students that are interested in this field. This small book contains 14 sections covering neuropsychiatric assessment, behavioral neurobiology, neuropsychiatric symptoms and syndromes, movement disorders, stroke and brain tumors, white matter diseases and inborn errors of metabolism, head injury and its sequelae, and treatments in neuropsychiatry. The tables and figures are voluminous and one of the best parts of the book. This is an outstanding, useful, and highly relevant small manual written by internationally known clinician/researchers. This is a book that no neuropsychiatrist should be without. It is one of the most useful books I own.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585620784
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey L. Cummings, M.D., is Augustus S. Rose Professor of Neurology and Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science at the UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California.

Michael R. Trimble, M.D., F.R.C.P., F.R.C.Psych., is Raymond Way Professor in Behavioral Neurology at the Institute of Neurology in Queen Square in London, England.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Neuropsychiatric assessment. Behavioral neurobiology. Neuropsychiatric symptoms and syndromes. Unexplained neurological symptoms. Frontal lobe syndromes. Aphasia and related syndromes. Visual, visuospatial, and right-brain disorders. Memory and its disorders. Epilepsy and limbic system disorders. Dementia and delirium. Movement disorders. Stroke and brain tumors. White matter diseases and inborn errors of metabolism. Head injury and its sequelae. Treatments in neuropsychiatry. Glossary. Index.

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