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Overview

Increasingly, psychiatrists make little distinction between psychiatric and neurologic disorders, considering them all as dysfunctions of the central nervous system. This is a practical how to book intended primarily for trainees and practicing clinicians unfamiliar with the relatively new field of neuropsychiatry. It is written as the author might teach the material during clinical rounds and in small group seminars. In a clear and engaging style, he explains what to do and how to do it, giving the rationale for each step, and synthesizing neuropsychiatric principles with practical guidelines for diagnosis and management of adult patients. Many tables are included for quick reference and to help the reader to quickly see the big picture of a given topic. The book covers personality and personality disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, psychiatric disorders, alcohol and substance abuse, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury and stroke, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, headache and violence. It can be used as an introductory text for psychiatric residents, medical students, and others who care for persons with behavioral disorders. It can also be used as a clinical manual or reference by practitioners in psychiatry and neurology.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Thomas G. Cobb, MD (University of Michigan)
Description: This informal, practical guide to clinical neuropsychiatry is a synthesis of the latest research findings with the principles of diagnosis and treatment.
Purpose: The author seeks to provide a useful, reasoned way to apply neuroscience to the treatment of the psychiatric patient. The explosion of knowledge in basic neuroscience makes such a practical approach needed. The author does a great job of showing how to apply the neuropsychiatric perspective to all types of patients.
Audience: This is written for psychiatry residents and medical students. While it may be a little too in-depth for the medical student, those who have shied away from psychiatry due to its perceived subjectivity will appreciate this text. The author's 30 years of teaching experience in basic and clinical neuropsychiatry certainly qualify him as an expert in the field.
Features: Covering the basics of organization of the brain, to interviewing from a neuropsychiatric perspective, to specific etiologies and treatments of mental illness, the author builds from simple to more complex. The strong points of the book are readability and ease of digestion. The author's plain-speaking style makes the reader feel as if he or she is on rounds with the author. His challenge of the DSM-IV classification system is refreshing and thought provoking. What would improve this text is the addition of higher quality illustrations and graphics.
Assessment: With the immense availability of comprehensive texts in neuropsychiatry, all of which demonstrate how overwhelming the field can be, the author's practical approach is a welcome addition to the field. This guide can easily be incorporated into residents' current diagnosis and treatment schemes. While reference texts and journal articles abound, practical guides for the clinician are lacking. This book fills that need.
Thomas G. Cobb
This informal, practical guide to clinical neuropsychiatry is a synthesis of the latest research findings with the principles of diagnosis and treatment. The author seeks to provide a useful, reasoned way to apply neuroscience to the treatment of the psychiatric patient. The explosion of knowledge in basic neuroscience makes such a practical approach needed. The author does a great job of showing how to apply the neuropsychiatric perspective to all types of patients. This is written for psychiatry residents and medical students. While it may be a little too in-depth for the medical student, those who have shied away from psychiatry due to its perceived subjectivity will appreciate this text. The author's 30 years of teaching experience in basic and clinical neuropsychiatry certainly qualify him as an expert in the field. Covering the basics of organization of the brain, to interviewing from a neuropsychiatric perspective, to specific etiologies and treatments of mental illness, the author builds from simple to more complex. The strong points of the book are readability and ease of digestion. The author's plain-speaking style makes the reader feel as if he or she is on rounds with the author. His challenge of the DSM-IV classification system is refreshing and thought provoking. What would improve this text is the addition of higher quality illustrations and graphics. With the immense availability of comprehensive texts in neuropsychiatry, all of which demonstrate how overwhelming the field can be, the author's practical approach is a welcome addition to the field. This guide can easily be incorporated into residents' current diagnosis and treatment schemes. While reference textsand journal articles abound, practical guides for the clinician are lacking. This book fills that need.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195130379
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Brain Organization and Neurobehavioral and Neurocognitive Function
2. Neuropsychiatric Evaluation
3. Psychopathologic Phenomena
4. The Cognitive and Behavioral Neurologic Examination
5. Patient Management
6. Personality and Personality Disorders
7. Depression
8. Bipolar Mood Disorders
9. Psychosis
10. Epilepsy and Related Syndromes
11. Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke
12. Dementia
13. Substance Induced Neuropsychiatric Disorders
14. Obsessional Syndromes
15. Anxiety Disorders
16. Aches and Pains, Sex and Sleep, and Violence

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