Fractured Minds: A Case-Study Approach to Clinical Neuropsychology

Fractured Minds: A Case-Study Approach to Clinical Neuropsychology

Fractured Minds: A Case-Study Approach to Clinical Neuropsychology

Fractured Minds: A Case-Study Approach to Clinical Neuropsychology

Synopsis

Fractured Minds introduces the reader to clinical neuropsychology through vivid case descriptions of adults who have suffered brain damage. At one level, this is a book about the courage, humor, and determination to triumph over illness and disability that many "ordinary people" demonstrate when coping with the extraordinary stress of a brain disorder. On another level, it is a well-referenced and up-to-date textbook that provides a holistic view of the practice of clinical neuropsychology. Included are reader-friendly descriptions and explanations of a wide range of neurological disorders and neuroscientific concepts. Two introductory chapters are followed by 17 chapters that each focus on a specific disorder and include research, clinical assessment, rehabilitation, and a detailed case study. Disorders range across the full spectrum from common ones such as traumatic brain injury and dementia, to rare disorders such as autotopagnosia. Each of the 16 chapters retained from the first edition has been revised to reflect current research and clinical advances. Three new chapters on multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and Huntington's disease incorporate discussion of important current topics such as genetically-transmitted diseases, genetic counseling, gene transplantation, functional neurosurgery, and the complex ethical issues that go hand-in-hand with these new techniques. This informative and engaging book will be of interest to students of clinical psychology, neuropsychology, and neurology, health professionals who work with neurological patients, neurological patients and their families, and lay readers who are simply fascinated by the mind and brain.

Excerpt

The second edition of Fractured Mindsfollows the same format as the previous edition, with two introductory chapters followed by 17 chapters that each focus on a different neurological disorder. In each of these chapters a theoretical section precedes an illustrative case study. All the chapters from the first edition have been revised to include pertinent new research findings, new treatments, and further discussion of many issues important to the discipline and profession of clinical neuropsychology. The original cases have, with one exception, been retained, and for some cases additional recent case material has been added. Thus the reader can discover what has happened to Rangi, following many years free of epilepsy, and Mark, the (now middleaged) man with visual object agnosia and prosopagnosia. A new case has replaced the original case in the subarachnoid hemorrhage chapter, allowing the inclusion of an illustrative neuropsychological assessment report that includes the latest Wechsler scales.

Three entirely new chapters on multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and Huntington's disease have been added. These not only make the range of neurological disorders covered much broader but also provide a vehicle for describing and exploring motor disorders, neurosurgical treatment to alleviate motor symptoms, genetically inherited disorders, genetic counseling, gene therapy, and some of the many difficult ethical issues that go hand-in-hand with new technology and knowledge.

Throughout, my aim has been to reveal the people who stand behind each disorder: patients, families, clinicians, support groups, and researchers. I hope that their courageous and sad stories will enhance the reader's understanding of neurological disease processes and modern treatments, as well as add depth and color to my descriptions of how clinical neuropsychologists go about their business of unraveling the mysteries of brain-behavior relationships.

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