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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia M. Granier, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This excellent resource on mental retardation describes the genetic and multifactorial aspects of this disorder and provides caregivers with background information to better understand how mental retardation occurs and how it impacts those involved.
Purpose: The book is written for individuals involved in the care of patients and family members with mental retardation. It is a vast resource for testing, government agencies, and support groups for the spectrum of disorders under the umbrella of mental retardation.
Audience: The target audience includes healthcare providers and parents. Some of the genetic discussions are probably more detailed than parents or counselors would need, but the support and contact information for the various disorders is an excellent resource.
Features: The book covers a wide array and detailed presentation of the various disorders that fall under the definition of mental retardation. It explains the multifactorial causes of this disorder as well as provides practical information on assessment and treatment, social and legal issues.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource for those involved in the care of those with mental retardation.