edited by Douglas W. Woods, PhD, John C. Piacentini, PhD, and John T. Walkup, MD, 287 pp, $38, ISBN 1-59385-480-3, New York, New York, Guilford, 2007.
Tics and Tourette syndrome are common conditions faced by pediatric neurologists, pediatricians, adult neurologists, and psychiatrists; in fact, probably the most common movement disorder. Several challenges face clinicians and researchers interested in tics and Tourette syndrome. The first is practical; the media has done a disservice to the public in portraying the disorder. Sensationalistic presentations showing children with severe Tourette syndrome affected with coprolalia, rage attacks, severe self-injurious tics, desperate parents, and heroic interventions including deep brain stimulation reinforce the message that this is a disorder to be feared, one that is difficult to control, frequently derailing or even destroying children's lives. This book, a comprehensive review of treatment and management of tics as a neuropsychiatric disorder, is a welcome addition to the field. I would go so far as to say that this text should be required reading for any member of the media who intends to produce a program about Tourette syndrome!
Treating Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders: A Guide for Practitioners. Arch Neurol. 2009;66(11):1426. doi:10.1001/archneurol.2009.246