Handbook of Medical Neuropsychology: Applications of Cognitive Neuroscience / Edition 1

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Overview

The recent surge of interest in the neuroscience of autism, HIV/AIDS, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other disorders has brought with it an increasing awareness of the effects of medical conditions on the brain and behavior—an awareness extending through the research and practice arenas, among those working with pediatric and adult clients alike. Comprehensive in scope and highly detailed in its coverage, the Handbook of Medical Neuropsychology is organized to give readers knowledge of the field, whether one needs to understand a clinical evaluation, design a research study, or gain a deeper understanding of disease processes and corresponding behaviors. Featuring the most up-to-date information on cognitive neuroscience to enhance the work of the practitioner, the student, or the researcher, the book handles theory, historical background, practical considerations, and controversial areas with clear explanations, clinical expertise, and real-world insight, and critiques diagnostic and assessment tools specific to disorders. The wide selection of commonly seen and rarely encountered diagnoses covered includes:

• Primary nervous system disease and injury.
• Vascular system disease.
• Developmental, genetic, and structural disorders.
• Dementia and normal aging.
• Immune-related disorders.
• Endocrine disease.
• Metabolic conditions.
• Plus a chapter on current and emerging approaches to rehabilitation.

Opening out a specialty as it grows in importance, the Handbook of Medical Neuropsychology is an essential resource for the neuropsychology clinician, researcher, or graduate student. It will be stimulating and relevant reading for years to come.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: There are a host of medical conditions that directly and indirectly impact cognitive functioning. This book explores some of the most common ones that neuropsychologists should be aware of when assessing individuals with cognitive complaints.
Purpose: The aim is to provide comprehensive and current information on the neuropsychological sequelae of common medical conditions.
Audience: The book is intended for students, clinicians, and researchers in neuropsychology and related fields. It is edited by a neuropsychologist with years of clinical and research experience with medical conditions that affect cognition, but the list of contributing authors looks to be colleagues or acquaintances more than experts in the field.
Features: There is no overarching structure to this book or method to the presentation of topics. On the one hand, there is no progression or evolution of the book, but on the other, individual chapters are easy to reference without having to read the entire book. Chapters are hit and miss when it comes to quality. For example, the chapter on TBI completely fails to differentiate mild TBI from moderate-severe TBI, two categorically different conditions in terms of symptoms, recovery, and prognosis. Some chapters have updated information and provide good reviews of a topic, but offer little information specific to actual clinical neuropsychological findings, instead favoring vague statements such as "CNS toxicity" or "cognitive deficits." Some chapters are so brief that they are essentially a description of a single study in a typical journal format rather than a comprehensive review of the literature on the topic. Coverage of traditional neuropsychological syndromes, such as neurodegenerative diseases, seems to be better, but even so there is a lack of discussion of emerging trends in diagnostic and research terminology and concepts. Finally, a major shortcoming of this book is the presentation. The sections of major diseases have subsections broken down by cognitive domain, but this is not an effective way to present the data because neuropsychologists generally do not approach assessment interpretation in such a fragmented manner, and there are always one or two studies indicating a domain is deficient in any given disease, so it ends up seeming like there is at least some evidence that every domain is impaired in every disease.
Assessment: The concept of medical neuropsychology is a welcome one, but it falls well short of success in this particular book. On the one hand, the range of topics covered exceeds most other books, but on the other, the execution is cursory, incomplete, and not always reflective of contemporary trends in the literature.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: There are a host of medical conditions that directly and indirectly impact cognitive functioning. This book explores some of the most common ones that neuropsychologists should be aware of when assessing individuals with cognitive complaints.
Purpose: The aim is to provide comprehensive and current information on the neuropsychological sequelae of common medical conditions.
Audience: The book is intended for students, clinicians, and researchers in neuropsychology and related fields. It is edited by a neuropsychologist with years of clinical and research experience with medical conditions that affect cognition, but the list of contributing authors looks to be colleagues or acquaintances more than experts in the field.
Features: There is no overarching structure to this book or method to the presentation of topics. On the one hand, there is no progression or evolution of the book, but on the other, individual chapters are easy to reference without having to read the entire book. Chapters are hit and miss when it comes to quality. For example, the chapter on TBI completely fails to differentiate mild TBI from moderate-severe TBI, two categorically different conditions in terms of symptoms, recovery, and prognosis. Some chapters have updated information and provide good reviews of a topic, but offer little information specific to actual clinical neuropsychological findings, instead favoring vague statements such as "CNS toxicity" or "cognitive deficits." Some chapters are so brief that they are essentially a description of a single study in a typical journal format rather than a comprehensive review of the literature on the topic. Coverage of traditional neuropsychological syndromes, such as neurodegenerative diseases, seems to be better, but even so there is a lack of discussion of emerging trends in diagnostic and research terminology and concepts. Finally, a major shortcoming of this book is the presentation. The sections of major diseases have subsections broken down by cognitive domain, but this is not an effective way to present the data because neuropsychologists generally do not approach assessment interpretation in such a fragmented manner, and there are always one or two studies indicating a domain is deficient in any given disease, so it ends up seeming like there is at least some evidence that every domain is impaired in every disease.
Assessment: The concept of medical neuropsychology is a welcome one, but it falls well short of success in this particular book. On the one hand, the range of topics covered exceeds most other books, but on the other, the execution is cursory, incomplete, and not always reflective of contemporary trends in the literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441913630
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 8/25/2010
  • Edition description: 2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 564
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol L. Armstrong is a neuropsychologist conducting cognitive neuroscience research. Her long-term interests are the study of memory and attention, and the cognitive processes affected by white matter disease or injury. Investigations have focused on resource-limited memory and attention processes, and on the structural distribution of the white matter measure in normal and injured brains. Recent investigations include the longitudinal damaging effects of radiotherapy and brain tumors in both children and adults, as shown by longitudinal, prospective studies of cognition and neuroimaging of white matter integrity, and response of the hippocampus to radiotherapy. Current studies are being conducted on the functional and structural significance of cerebellar connections with the cortex.

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Table of Contents

Autoimmune disease.- Autism.- Autonomic nervous system disorders.- Cardiovascular disorders and diseases.- Cerebellar disorders.- Cerebral palsy.- Cerebrovascular disease and disorders.- Dementia.- Endocrine disease.- Ethics of neuropsychology.- Epilepsy.- Genetic disorders.- Geriatrics.- Hepatic encephalopathy.- Hydrocephalus.- Infectious disease.- Learning disabilities.- Metabolic disease.- Migraine.- Movement disorders.- Neurobehavioral disorders.- Neurooncology.- Nutrition.- Rehabilitation.- Rheumatologic conditions.- Stress disorders.- Structural abnormalities.- Toxic disorders.- Traumatic brain injury

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