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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Heather Huang, MD (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health)
Description: This book distills and condenses key points from The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, 5th edition, Yudofsky and Hales (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2008).
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an "accessible, comprehensible, and portable resource" for residents and clinicians in the fields of psychiatry and neurology. It is also intended as a resource for residents preparing for their psychiatric and neurologic board exams.
Audience: It is written for clinicians and residents in psychiatry or neurology.
Features: Introductory chapters review the fundamentals of cellular neurobiology, components of the neuropsychological evaluation, and the role of imaging in neuropsychiatry, and take a broad look at epidemiology and the genetics of neuropsychiatric disorders. Subsequent chapters examine the various neuropsychiatric aspects of several psychiatric and neurologic disorders — delirium, traumatic brain injury, seizure disorder, and mood disorders (to name a few). Throughout, it also includes tables and graphs, as well as a few color pictures organized at the end.
Assessment: This book examines the important interface of many psychiatric and neurological disorders. Several chapters discuss this interface with respect to the psychiatric presentations and comorbidities of neurologic diseases (e.g. seizure disorder, traumatic brain injury). Other chapters examine the neurobiological correlates of psychiatric illness (e.g. mood and anxiety disorders). Topics are covered to varying degrees of depth, at times giving the book an inconsistent feel. Overall ideas are conveyed clearly and, overall, this book reads very smoothly, although in a few instances it is less so.