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From The CriticsReviewer: Jay P. Goldsmith, MD(Tulane University School of Medicine)
Description: A companion to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Management and Policy Perspectives of FASD, Riley et al. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), this book reviews a wide range of epidemiologic studies that examine the effectiveness of strategies to reduce fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). It is aimed at healthcare policy makers, preventive health professionals, and epidemiologists more than clinicians.
Purpose: The purpose is to explore potential strategies for the prevention of FASD. The burden to society of this disorder is reviewed to emphasize the cost-benefit ratio of prevention versus treatment of this problem.
Audience: The main audience includes healthcare policy makers, preventive health professionals, and healthcare researchers. The editors and authors are well-known experts in the field. Dr. Clarren authored the first major summary article on this disorder over 30 years ago, and he and Dr. Jonsson are among the editors of the previous work as well.
Features: After a brief description of FASD, its prevalence, and the social and economic burdens to society, the book reviews research on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of people with this disorder. It carefully analyzes the effectiveness of various strategies of prevention in a number of reviewed studies and it includes search strategies and evaluations of data analysis.
Assessment: This is probably the most comprehensive review of the literature on this subject available, but physicians wanting guidance on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with various forms of this disease spectrum would be better served with a more clinical text.