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From The CriticsReviewer:Steven T. Herron, MD(University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description:Complied by various clinicians and researchers in the specialized area of dissociation, this book attempts to identify the most up-to-date phenomenological and biological information in this area.
Purpose:Given that there is much still unknown about the process of dissociation, this book was penned to clarify what is known or what has been learned about this phenomenon since it first became an accepted psychological and psychiatric concept, and to identify what remains elusive about this process.
Audience:The main audience will be those specifically interested in dissociation, whether in a clinical capacity as it relates to patients, or in investigating the phenomena from a research perspective.
Features:Divided into three sections, this book addresses a wide variety of topics, including conceptual understandings of dissociation, the neurobiology behind the process, and implications for assessment and treatment. The second section contains color pictures of some neuroimaging studies regarding dissociation, and a small number of diagrams, figures, tables, and graphs are used throughout the remainder.
Assessment:This book attempts to compile the most current knowledge about dissociation, and while there are likely others that address similar topics, this one does so relatively completely and concisely. While the book does not flow well (due to the lack of consistency among authors of the chapters), there are some particular highlights, including the chapter on dissociative identity disorder. However, for clinicians, themost disappointing chapter is likely to be the one related to the treatment of traumatic dissociation, especially in the area of psychopharmacologic methods. A more thorough review of the literature and a much more detailed discussion of this topic would be appropriate given the level of uncertainty among many clinicians working with this patient population.