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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Eileen Martin, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This new book reviews current research findings on the neuropsychological effects of HIV-1 infection. The book presents current information on neurological syndromes associated with HIV-l infection and their effects on cognition; describes methods for brief and extended neuropsychological evaluation of HIV-related neurobehavioral disorders; and addresses issues of neuropsychological research germane to differing HIV-infected subject populations.
Purpose: The authors intend to acquaint the reader with the types and prevalence of neurocognitive disorders observed at different stages of disease, from asymptomatic infection to AIDS.
Audience: This timely volume is the first of its kind and generally meets its objective. The book is targeted for neuropsychologists, neurologists, and psychiatrists, but infectious disease specialists and other health care professionals working with HIV-positive patients will find it worthwhile reading. The authors and contributors are well-known contributors to the HIV-l neuropsychological and neurological literature.
Features: The book contains many excellent illustrations, figures, and photographs. In particular, the neuroimaging examples presented are outstanding, although limited to structural studies. The references are extensive and as up-to-date as possible in this fast-moving topic area.
Assessment: This is an excellent review of current neuropsychological studies in this new and often controversial area. Both standard clinical and more experimental cognitive methods of assessment are reviewed. In addition, extensive review chapters on neurology, neuropathology, immunology, and virology are included, providing the necessary background for readers unfamiliar with neurological manifestations of HIV-l. The book focuses primarily on neuropsychological studies of homosexual males, with single chapters on intravenous drug users and children; more extensive treatment of different high-risk groups would have been welcome. However, this volume represents a welcome addition to the AIDS literature and is recommended reading both for researchers and clinicians.