Description: This interesting, timely book focuses on the future clinical utility of functional MRI technology. Written and edited by nationally recognized clinician-researchers in neuropsychiatric brain imaging, this book serves as a guidepost for the application of fMRI to the everyday care of patients with neuropsychiatric disorders.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the editor, is to document that "fMRI has enormous potential for studying brain function and is poised to have a tremendous impact on many aspects of clinical neurology and psychiatry." Indeed, the editor and chapter authors have produced an informative book that will help clinicians get up to date with this emerging technology.
Audience: The intended audience, according to the editor, is "trainees and clinicians that diagnose and care for patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders find the information provided in this book valuable." I agree.
Features: All the pertinent clinical areas are covered. The book opens with an introduction to brain imaging with chapters on neurobiological correlates of imaging and the interpretation of clinical functional neuroimaging studies. The rest of the book focuses on clinical domains with chapters on Alzheimer disease, drug addiction, dyslexia, epilepsy, mood/anxiety disorders, stroke recovery, pain, presurgical neurosurgical planning, schizophrenia, and traumatic brain injury. Each chapter ends with relevant and contemporary references. The index is quite helpful.
Assessment: This book on this important burgeoning technology is an excellent introduction for the neuropsychiatric clinician. For modern neurologists and psychiatrists, this is essential reading.