From the Publisher
"A well-written and comprehensive text from two eminent clinical neuroscientists. In keeping with a tradition of excellence, this second edition expands on the editors' highly successful first edition. A historical and conceptual overview has been added, as well as a new section on imaging that includes contributions from foremost experts. Advances in the understanding of frontotemporal dementia are also reflected in chapters emphasizing the importance of this previously understudied disease. This text is a 'must read' for anyone seriously interested in understanding the biology of behavior and the diseases that cause it to go awry."--Charles DeCarli, MD, Department of Neurology and Center for Neuroscience, University of California, Davis
"Few areas of the brain have attracted more research than the frontal lobes. Once considered esoteric, frontal lobe disease is now a common diagnosis in patients with neurodegenerative dementias. This updated second edition, edited by two prominent leaders in behavioral and cognitive neurology, contains a thoughtfully integrated exploration of frontal lobe neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, imaging, and neuropsychology. The contributors include some of the most productive clinicians and scientists in the field. Drs. Miller and Cummings have edited a volume that deserves to become the standard reference work on the human frontal lobes."--Marsel Mesulam, MD, Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
"This second edition provides the perfect framework for further integrating neurology, psychiatry, and neuropsychology in the understanding and treatment of major mental disorders. A great breadth of scientific knowledge, clinical acumen, and provocative analysis is brought to bear on enigmatic frontal lobe syndromes. Detailed and comprehensive, this is a vital reference for practitioners, investigators, and students who wish to be at the cutting edge of clinical neuroscience and multidisciplinary research."--Paul J. Eslinger, PhD, Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society
"The introductory sections of the text illustrate the breadth of knowledge of the editors....This revised text has successfully managed to capture the significant advances since original publication almost a decade ago. It has adopted a strongly evidence-based model to inform the reader of key concepts in the neurosciences and their relationship to clinical practice. This emphasis provides an excellent illustration of the benefits of the scientist-practitioner model. As such, I believe it will be of particular interest to clinicians and health professionals working with adults with neurological and psychiatric conditions."
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
"The editors, Miller and Cummings, have assembled an impressive list of contributors for self-sufficient chapters yet were able to maintain fluidity in flow and consistency in organization....A standard reference for a broad audience. Whereas this book is certainly worthy of such consideration as a standard reference on the frontal lobes, the book's broad accessibility also allows its application as a comprehensive review for scholars in the basic and clinical neurosciences alike. The Human Frontal Lobes belongs on the bookshelf of any serious scholar of the basic neurosciences, behavioral psychology, neurology, neuropsychology, or psychiatry."
Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
"This book is destined to become a classic reference and to have readers eagerly anticipating the next edition. The book not only summarizes what we do know about the frontal lobes but also brings to the forefront many questions still remaining....A book that provides an intellectual pleasure cruise and is deserving of a prominent place on neuroscientists' bookshelves."
The New England Journal of Medicine
"Bruce Miller and Jeffrey Cummings have done a fine job in drawing together the disparate strands of current scientific knowledge that are allowing us to begin to understand this most integrative part of the brain and its particular concern with abstract subject matters....Heartily recommended to anyone interested in this daunting and emerging area of neuroscience."
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: This is the second edition of a book devoted to understanding the human frontal lobes from the perspectives of basic and clinical science.
Purpose: The book brings together an outstanding group of researchers to update our current knowledge of the anatomy, behavioral functioning, and disease states of the frontal lobes. The first edition was published in 1998 and much has been learned since then through new techniques and expanding research.
Audience: This would be appropriate for neurologists, neuropsychologists, and neuroscientists. The editors have done extensive research in this field and the contributing authors bring critical knowledge to this book.
Features: Major sections cover the anatomy of the frontal lobes and frontal lobe circuits, neurochemistry, neuroimaging, neuropsychology, and neurological and psychiatric diseases. The chapters are well integrated into the overarching theme of the book and a consistent, but not tedious, structure is maintained across chapters. The chapters are informative and manage to summarize copious information. Charts, illustrations, photographs of gross anatomy, and neuroimaging slides enhance the pedagogic quality of the text. The basic science is supplemented by clinical applications of this knowledge (e.g., neurological and neuropsychological assessment). The unfortunate oversight in the second edition is the scarcity of updated references. While there are references that are more current than 1998, many of them are still 5-7 years old. In this edition, some sections have been expanded, while other sections have unfortunately been pruned (e.g., the section on psychiatric diseases and the chapter regarding decision-making and research participation).
Assessment: It would take days to track down the information contained in just one of this book's chapters, making the compilation of this information in a single text invaluable. The careful inclusion of multidisciplinary perspectives makes this a must-have text for anyone involved in the neurosciences. This is one of those rare books that readers will appreciate from the first chapter to the last.
3 Stars from Doody
Nestor M. Ivkov
This is a monograph on the human frontal lobes. It presents both scientific foundations of neuropsychology and clinical neurology, and neuropsychiatry and neuropsychology in a thorough way. This book represents the state of the art in current frontal lobe research. It is dedicated to neuropsychiatrists and neuropsychologists, as well as neurologists and researchers in the field of neuroscience. All the basic sciences relevant to the CNS research have been covered well in this book. These include anthropology, genetics, and even philosophy to some extent. Detailed physiology of the frontal lobe and its correlating clinical pathology are provided. A discussion of the evolution of the frontal lobes is very impressive; its conclusions are far reaching. The graphics are somewhat too simple. This first book in a new series brings a very comprehensive review of the state of the art in frontal lobe neuroscience. Intellectually challenging, it presents various aspects of a big mystery called the frontal lobe. We are still far away from the answers to the questions asked in this book, but I am pretty sure we will have an updated edition of it very soon.
This is the first volume in a new series intended for scientists and practitioners in all the disciplines that address brain-behavior relationships. Providing a contemporary summary of recent advances in frontal lobe structure and function in health and disease, 34 contributions are grouped in sections on frontal lobe neuroanatomy, neurochemistry and neurophysiology, neuropsychological functions, and diseases of the frontal lobes (neurologic and psychiatric). Authors include clinicians, scientists, psychiatrists, and cognitive psychobiologists. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.