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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Alison W. Brett, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This handbook provides a descriptive classification of major adult neuropsychological disorders and reviews appropriate assessment tools for each.
Purpose: The goal is to establish a common frame of reference for health professionals to reduce vague or imprecise use of terms. The author describes clear criteria for a comprehensive array of adult neuropsychological disorders, including clinical indicators, associated features, factors to rule out, and lesion locations. For each disorder, the author describes common assessment tools in terms of their reliability and validity.
Audience: This book will be useful for healthcare practitioners and researchers concerned with neuropsychological disorders and is appropriate for advanced graduate or medical students.
Features: A key feature of the book is four separate indexes, by anatomy, etiology, test name, and behavior, to allow readers quick and easy access to information. The author supports his classification scheme with thorough references from research literature of the past 10 years. He provides a table to cross reference his categories with DSM-III-R and DSM-IV categories.
Assessment: I highly recommend this book to clinicians and researchers treating adult neuropsychological disorders. It provides clear diagnostic criteria for a comprehensive range of disorders. The review of assessment tests includes succinct descriptions and summaries of known reliability and validity data, enabling clinicians to quickly select appropriate instruments. The author supports his classification scheme with references to current research.