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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: This book details the contributions of Alexander Luria to the field of neuropsychology and how they have influenced current practice.
Purpose: The aim of the book is to present the body of Luria's work, the foundations it laid for the field, and how this body of work has held up under modern scrutiny.
Audience: The audience primarily includes neuropsychologists and neurologists, but also students interested in learning about brain-behavior relationships. The authors are leaders in the field and intimately knowledgeable of Luria's work.
Features: Although Luria's work is certainly represented, the main feature of this book is a historical review of various theories, research, and clinical observations related to early neuroscience. It also includes some information about more recent studies, such as neuroimaging findings that might lend support to early ideas. The topics are quite varied and without a coherent order. It seems as though individual chapter authors all wrote in a vacuum and the editors failed to integrate this information or provide structure to guide each chapter. Sometimes it is difficult to find the link to Luria in a given topic. Although there are a number of research references, the writing style is generally rather dry and the book makes for slow reading.
Assessment: Luria has undoubtedly made an indelible mark on neuropsychology, but this book will likely appeal only to select individuals who are enthralled by history and fanatical about Luria. Most readers will find it arduous reading due to the disconnected format and dull delivery.