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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: Written with a primary emphasis on neuropsychiatric aspects of traumatic brain injury (TBI), this collaborative work combines the most recent research on issues surrounding these devastating events and their long-term consequences with clinically solid recommendations for working with this patient population.
Purpose: This book was compiled as an update to a previous version, Neuropsychiatry of Traumatic Brain Injury (1994), although the reincarnation incorporates much of the advanced knowledge gained in the area of TBI in the last 10 years.
Audience: Geared toward clinicians who work primarily in the field of brain injured patients, this book is intended for psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, occupational and speech therapists, and any other individuals who are in a position to assist TBI patients.
Features: Meant as a reference, this book is not created for a beginning to end read. More specifically, readers are likely to refer to one or a group of chapters of primary interest to them. The book is separated into seven sections, dealing mainly with the identification, assessment, treatment, and prevention of brain injury. It contains numerous tables, guides, references, and an entire chapter of various imaging studies which enlighten even the most experienced reader.
Assessment: Although I am unfamiliar with the previous version of this book, I can only imagine the vast revisions required to bring it up-to-date in an ever-changing and remarkably challenging area such as brain injured patients. Psychiatrists may find the chapters on the psychiatric manifestations of brain injured patients particularly useful, and the addition of topics such as aggression in this population impart practical wisdom for even the most general practitioner. This is a valuable addition to any clinician's reference library.