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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Aimee St. Pierre, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book addresses the topics of memory, traumatic memory and delayed recall, evaluation and treatment, and the clinical and legal controversies regarding these issues. It consists of a compilation of chapters contributed by recognized authorities in the field.
Purpose: The editors' intent is to illuminate the relationship between trauma and memory from both theoretical and clinical perspectives. The book addresses important issues of scientific, clinical, and legal interest in this rapidly evolving area of inquiry. The presentation is a balanced, thorough, and up-to-date review of the state of knowledge and the current controversies in this area.
Audience: This book is targeted to and will be of interest to practitioners, including psychotherapists and psychiatrists, and students in these fields. It will also be of particular interest to forensic subspecialists and attorneys. The author is a well-known and highly respected forensic psychiatrist.
Features: There are no illustrations used or needed. Current and useful references are provided at the end of each chapter. There is a highly detailed index. The book has a scholarly, text-like appearance.
Assessment: This comprehensive, well planned volume provides a scholarly and useful overview of a controversial subject. The authors are credible authorities in their respective subject areas, and a substantial presentation of the current understanding of the nature of memory is presented, as well as a diversity of opinions regarding the assessment and treatment of traumatic memory and its role in the legal system.