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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive textbook covering the overlapping fields of pediatric medicine, pediatric neurology, and child and adolescent psychiatry. Written and edited by internationally recognized experts in the field, it is an outstanding contribution to psychiatry and will become a classic textbook in neuropsychiatry.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the editors, is to establish a link between the neuroscience of major psychiatric illness and the neuroscience of brain disorders that cause behavioral disturbances in children and adolescents and, in so doing, to stimulate consideration of fundamental brain-behavior relations as they evolve against the backdrop of the developing nervous system. The editors and contributors have succeeded in their goal.
Audience: The intended audience, according to the editors, is child and adolescent psychiatrists, child neurologists, psychologists, pediatricians, and other clinicians. The textbook could also benefit neuropsychologists and trainees in behavioral neurology and adult neuropsychiatry. It is essential reading for anyone who evaluates and treats patients with mental illness.
Features: Topics covered include normal development, disturbances in brain development, cortical-subcortical circuitry, neuropsychiatric assessment, neuropsychiatric aspects of primary psychiatric disorders, neuropsychiatric aspects of childhood neurological disorders, and principles of treatment. There is an up-to-date reference section and useful index at the back of the book.
Assessment: This is a valuable and outstanding textbook of pediatric neuropsychiatry which will become a classic textbook in the field. Any clinician who is involved in the treatment of patients with childhood neuropsychiatric disorders should read and refer to this book.