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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ozlem Dubauskas, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This entry in a psychiatry review series is a multidimensional approach to learning disabilities with a detailed overview.
Purpose: The purpose is to bring all the available information about the subject together to enlighten the reader. The editor also aims to prevent incorrect diagnosis of learning disabilities as well as enhance possible treatment options.
Audience: The book is suitable for physicians who want to have basic information about learning disabilities. Clinicians, including child psychiatrists or psychiatry residents, can benefit from the book in terms of understanding their patients and improving their own clinical skills.
Features: A foreword and an afterword from the editor are included. In the first chapter, the longitudinal study of children with uncomplicated reading disorders and the outcome as adults is presented. In the second chapter contributors review the co-occurrence of learning disabilities and mental health problems in children and adults. In the third chapter they focus on dyslexia and their functional magnetic resonance imaging findings. Another chapter contributor addresses the difficulties of defining learning disabilities and uses Multimodal Treatment Study for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as an example. The last chapter contains information about ADHD and neurodevelopmental disorders frequently seen in children with ADHD.
Assessment: This is a nice book about learning disorders. It is easy to read, the references are up-to-date, and it is a useful contribution to the field.