April 1, 1983

Psychiatric Aspects of Neurologic Disease

Author Affiliations

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine


vol 2, edited by D. Frank Benson and Dietrich Blumer (Seminars in Psychiatry, Milton Greenblatt, ed), 325 pp, with illus, $24.50, New York, Grune & Stratton Inc, 1982.

JAMA. 1983;249(13):1772. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330370082045

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Volume 1 of this series appeared in 1975; volume 2 has been written by 13 authors, all of whom are different from those who wrote for volume 1, with the exception of the editors. The epilepsies, the dementias, and certain movement disorders are topics discussed in both volumes.

A survey of the contents will indicate the range of coverage of the borderland between neurology and psychiatry, for which the term neurobehavior is suggested. Richard L. Strub opens with a review of the acute confusional state, a behavioral response to widespread disruption of cerebral metabolism to literally thousands of agents or metabolic imbalances.

In a chapter by the editors on the psychiatric manifestations of epilepsy, the behavioral change during the prodromal state, during the ictus, postictally and interictally (epileptic psychoses), is described, as well as the psychological response to the seizure disorder itself. Michael R. Trimble, writing on the interictal psychoses