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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a first-rate book covering the disorders of memory. Written and edited by internationally recognized memory researchers, this is a welcome addition to the neuropsychological literature.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the editor, is to produce a book that encompasses the basic features of all amnesic syndromes and a comprehensive account of the neuropsychological tests that assess them. Indeed, the editor and chapter authors have provided a useful tool to conceptualize these interesting disorders.
Audience: The intended audience includes neuropsychologists and graduate students in psychology and memory research. Neuropsychiatrists, psychiatrists, and neurologists would benefit as well.
Features: The book opens with an introductory conceptual chapter followed by chapters on putative brain mechanisms, aging and memory, dementia, semantic amnesia, limbic amnesia, traumatic amnesia, transient global amnesia, transient epileptic amnesia, ECT and memory loss, and psychogenic amnesia. For neuropsychologists, the index of neuropsychological tests will be quite helpful. This is a scholarly book with pertinent and up-to-date references of the scientific literature.
Assessment: This is a superb book on the amnesias. Any clinician who treats patients with disorders of memory should read this excellent book.