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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ronald Sims, MD (Dubuque Internal Medicine)
Description: This brief work is concerned with the neurobehavioral aspects of white matter diseases.
Purpose: The author's objective is to describe the behavioral neurology of the white matter. This is a thought-provoking topic that is well addressed in this book.
Audience: The principal audience is neurologists, psychiatrists, and psychologists. The author, a behavioral neurologist, has published numerous papers in his field.
Features: The book includes sections on the structure, function, developmental aspects, and neuroradiology of white matter plus larger sections on a wide range of diseases that primarily involve white matter. Cognitive aspects of these diseases are addressed in a third section. The best feature of this book is that it explores the premise that it is reasonable to conceive of the white matter as interacting with the gray matter to produce human behavior.
Assessment: This book is fascinating and thought-provoking. It pulls together much information that would not usually be found in one place It places less emphasis on treatment, even in conditions where treatment is currently controversial, such as normal pressure hydrocephalus.