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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Eric Gausche, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: In two volumes, this book provides a substantial overview of all of the major areas of concern regarding the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of autism and pervasive developmental disorders, including the implications of being a caregiver for a person with these disorders as well as the larger implications for society. This is an update of the 2005 edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a "comprehensive account of current work in the field," a task that the book accomplishes admirably. This sort of contemporary account is essential, given the proliferation of research into developmental disorders since the previous edition.
Audience: The audience includes practitioners in many areas. Psychiatrists, neurologists, and pediatricians would benefit the most from understanding the material in this work. The authors are experts in the field of developmental disabilities and have both clinical experience and numerous publications on this topic.
Features: This is a complete overview of the current understanding of developmental disorders. The scope is impressive, and the book covers genetics, neurobiology, assessment issues, treatment, and social implications. It is noteworthy that the authors include chapters on adult patients, a population frequently overlooked in discussions of these disorders.
Assessment: This is an important addition to the available literature on developmental disorders. It is thorough and well researched, and it will be helpful to anyone who wants to improve their understanding of this class of disorders.