Description: This is an introduction and explication of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to a primary audience of psychiatrists. The editors begin with an historical introduction and progress through basic physics, basic neurophysiological studies, animals models, safety issues, and potential clinical applications. This is a multiauthored book edited by two of the major contributors to the field.
Purpose: ...Many scientists have dreamed of being able to stimulate the brain noninvasively... and simultaneously observe changes in behavior.. the [contributors] detail how transcranial magnetic stimulation... has advanced very close to that goal... as a prelude..., it may be helpful to also remember where TMS fits into the intellectual progression... of localizing function within the brain... it is important to understand the recent technological developments that have paved the way for... current work with TMS. "This book is clearly needed, and the editors have succeeded!"
Audience: This book is written for all levels of basic scientists, research clinicians, and clinicians who want to understand this new technique of investigation and putative treatment primarily within the field of mental health. Research neurologists will find much of interest in the excellent chapters on conduction times and rTMS potential uses in epilepsy research. The editors and contributors are internationally renowned experts in neurophysiology, rTMS, and clinical research in psychiatric disorders.
Features: Initially an historical overview is presented with a pertinent but not overwhelming amount of basic science in four chapters. Safety considerations are thoroughly discussed and the remaining chapters are devoted to rTMS utility in investigating and treating disorders such as Tourette's syndrome, movement disorders, and classical psychiatric syndromes. Excellent bibliographies follow each chapter.
Assessment: The editors have produced a first rate book on rTMS. It is the only one on this subject (to my knowledge) which provides the basic scientist, the research clinician, and the curious clinician with the factual framework and organization to read the literature and grasp the problems and potentials of the field in a compact 295 pages. I recommend this book very highly and am unaware of any other which would permit comparisons. It is an excellent textbook and compendium for this emerging technique.