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This clearly written book provides a much needed guide for every clinician who works with memory impaired patients. It promises no more than can be delivered and thus gives a full and honest account of both the possibilities and the limitations of memory training techniques that may ameliorate memory problems associated with brain injury or brain disease. In the first four chapters Dr. Wilson provides an in-depth and up-to-date review of the scientific foundations--in neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, behavioral psychology, and research design--that form the basis of any rational, responsible program for improving the functioning of patients with organically impaired memory. In the fifth chapter Dr. Wilson describes in detail the Rivermead Behavioral Memory Test which ennables the therapist to examine 13 different practical aspects of memory, so that an individualised memory retraining program may be planned and repeatedly evaluated. The next six chapters deal with a comprehensive variety of memory training techniques and support strategies, including descriptions and examples of all the usual techniques that can be found in the literature, plus some quite original rehabilitation procedures and recomendations. Dr. Wilson closes by reiterating the importance of psychological knowledge in rehabilitation practice. In her final discussion she reminds the reader of both short- and long-term humanistic values that need to be considered when making practical cost-benefit decisions about who shall be treated and how.
REHABILITATION OF MEMORY is a rare and happy marriage of solid science with compassionate common sense, joined by the wisdom of experience. Its goal is simply to teach how to make the most of memory impairment. Its lessons can be learned and applied by everyone who treats brain damaged patient. Its cautions should be heeded by everyone concerned with the rehabilitation of the brain impaired, so that the patients' energies and resources are not squandered in naive or misguided efforts to reinstate memory functions when thay have truly been lost. Rather, with this book, memory training can be directed toward maximising what capacities remain by practical means that are scientifically appropriate.' --Muriel D. Rezack, Ph.D., Dept. of Neurology, Oregon Health Sciences