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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: The fields of neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology have developed into a specific subspecialty of neurology and psychiatry with targeted peer reviewed journals, professional organizations, accredited fellowship training programs, and subspecialty board certification. This informative and timely new book is representative of the advances of this field. Written and edited by the Fellows of the American Neuropsychiatric Association, this comprehensive and clinically valuable book will enhance the practice of behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry. It is an outstanding contribution.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the editors, "is to build upon these advances in clinical and basic neuroscience in order to clearly and concisely provide a rational and evidence-based approach to the diagnosis and biopsychosocial treatment of the neuropsychiatric disorders commonly encountered...."
Audience: The intended audience includes neuropsychiatrists, residents in neurology or psychiatry, fellows in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry training programs, and students of brain-behavior relationships.
Features: Problems encountered in the everyday practice of neuropsychiatry are covered such as apathy, delirium, cognitive impairment, mood and emotional disturbances, anxiety, disorders of self-monitoring such as psychosis, non-epileptic paroxysmal events, neuropsychiatric related movement disorders, personality change, pain, sleep and arousal disorders, unexplained neuropsychiatric symptoms, neurodevelopmental disorders, aggression and agitation, forensic issues, and neuroimaging strategies. Each chapter provides a concise summary of the important diagnostic and treatment factors involved in the above listed problems. This is a scholarly book with pertinent and contemporary citations of the scientific literature at the conclusion of each chapter. The index is quite helpful particularly for a practical book like this.
Assessment: This is an excellent book covering the treatment of common problems in neuropsychiatry. It will be useful for any clinician who treats patients suffering from neuropsychiatric illness and should be required reading for neuropsychiatrists and behavioral neurologists.