Brain Injury and Mental Retardation: Psychopharmacology and Neuropsychiatry

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Brain Injury and Mental Retardation: Psychopharmacology and Neuropsychiatry

Editor: Gualtieri CT. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2002. US$89.95; pp509; ISBN 0-7817-3473-8

This book is a good up-to-date summary on topics related to the psychopharmacological and neuropsychiatric aspects of brain injury and mental retardation. Traumatic brain injuries and developmental handicaps are 2 of the most common conditions in neuropsychiatry. However, scientific information tends to be scattered in the literature of several disciplines including psychiatry, neurology, genetics, developmental medicine, neuropsychology, behavioural psychology, and neuropharmacology.

This book has an easy-access format, describing cognitive, behavioural and emotional symptoms as well as treatment for complex brain systems. More than 3000 references are quoted. Topics include transient and delayed sequelae of brain injury, psychiatric disorders in mental retardation, neurobehavioural syndromes (e.g. frontal or temporal lobe syndromes), pathobehavioural syndromes (e.g. Rett's, Lowe's, Angelman, Cornelia de Lange, and velocardiofacial syndromes), self-injurious behaviours, epilepsy, autism, tardive akathisia, and dyskinesia. …