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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book is sort of a condensed version of the American Psychiatric Press Textbook of Neuropsychiatry. It is an excellent overview and introduction to the assessment of patients with neuropsychiatric illness. Written and edited by experts in neuropsychiatry, the book is a valuable contribution to the field.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide to the clinician an overview of neuropsychiatry and give practical instruction and tools for the assessment of patients.
Audience: The intended audience is psychiatrists and psychiatry residents. Clinicians who treat patients with mental illnesses would benefit from the information in this book.
Features: The first of the book's five chapters is an excellent approach to the bedside examination of patients. Chapter 2 covers neuropsychological assessment and reviews relevant methodological issues as well as the major cognitive domains and disorders. Chapter 3 details electrophysiological testing including EEG, evoked potentials, quantitative EEG, and polysomnography. The electrophysiologic approach to assessment of selected clinical populations is also reviewed. Laboratory testing for the screening of various neuromedical disorders is summarized in chapter 4. Chapter 5 discusses the major neuroimaging modalities and their relevance in the assessment of patients. Each chapter ends with current and useful citations and the index section was helpful.
Assessment: This is very useful overview of neuropsychiatry and assessment. I highly recommend the book for any newcomer to this exciting field.