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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 textbook, now in its fifth edition, is the touchstone for American neuropsychiatry. It is representative of the enormous shift that has occurred in psychiatry since the 1980s with the deeper understanding of brain and brain function (hence cognitive neuroscience, genetics, evolutionary psychology) as the basic framework for the understanding of behavior, both normal and abnormal. As I commented in the review of the fourth edition, this book continues to improve with each edition. Written and edited by internationally recognized experts in the field, it remains a most valuable contribution to psychiatry.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive, critical, up-to-date, and clinically useful overview of basic and clinical neuropsychiatry. The editors and authors have succeeded in producing a superb textbook.
Audience: The intended audience includes medical students, residents, psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, and neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology fellows.
Features: This edition has fewer sections than the fourth (five rather than six) and fewer chapters as well (33 instead of 39). Areas covered include basic neuroscience, neuropsychiatric assessment with chapters on clinical, brain imaging, and genetics. Other sections cover neuropsychiatric symptoms, syndromes, and treatments. Missing is the chapter on ethical and legal issues as well as certification education in neuropsychiatry. This is unfortunate, particularly with the enormous ethical issues that have surfaced with the developments in cognitive neuroscience and brain imaging and with the emergence of the field of neuroethics. Each chapter contains relevant and up-to-date references and there is a useful index.
Assessment: This textbook continues to be an extremely valuable contribution to psychiatry and neurology. It is must reading for individuals preparing for the neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology board certification. It is required reading for all those who call themselves neuropsychiatrists or behavioral neurologists. Any clinician or researcher with an interest in the brain and behavior should read and refer to this book.