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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of this most important book on the neuropsychiatric consequences of vascular brain disease. Written and edited by the leading and internationally recognized clinician-researcher on post-stroke psychiatric disorders, this book remains essential reading for all physicians who treat stroke patients.
Purpose: The purpose of this edition is to update for the clinician the body of research on stroke related neuropsychiatric disorders that has significantly improved the knowledge base in the seven years since the first edition, specifically in terms of understanding the pathophysiology, prevention, and treatment.
Audience: The intended audience includes any physician who attends patients who have suffered a stroke. This includes physicians in the fields of family medicine, internal medicine, geriatrics, neurology, and psychiatry. This book is required reading for all behavioral neurologists/neuropsychiatrists as well as fellows in behavioral neurology/neuropsychiatry training.
Features: The first of the book's five parts focuses on epidemiology, the history of the understanding of stroke related neuropsychiatric disorders, emotion brain processing, and anatomy/stroke classification. Post-stroke depression, post-stroke mania, post-stroke anxiety disorders are covered in parts 2, 3, and 4 respectively. Part 5 covers other common post-stroke neuropsychiatric complications: psychosis, anosognosia, the catastrophic reaction, apathy, the aprosodias, irritability/aggression, and pathological emotions.
Assessment: This updated edition remains an authoritative review of the field and is a significant contribution to the effort to improve the outcome of the tremendous number of individuals suffering from this all too frequent problem.