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January 1977

Neuropsychological Assessment

Arch Neurol. 1977;34(1):61. doi:10.1001/archneur.1977.00500130081026

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This book on neuropsychological testing is a highly readable and wellorganized exposition of the current state of the art. For clinical neuropsychologists and behavioral neurologists, it will be a valuable addition to the small but growing library dealing with this burgeoning borderland discipline. The 549-page book has been organized into two basic sections. Chapters 1 through 7 provide a background for an understanding of the variety, uses, and goals of neuropsychological assessment and a broad though necessarily limited review of the theoretical and empirical framework within which diagnostic decisions are made. Each of the remaining ten chapters is devoted to a description and critique of psychological tests purporting to assay particular aspects of cognitive functioning, including general intelligence, academic abilities, verbal, perceptual, and constructional functions, memory, abstract reasoning, attention and orientation, and personality and social competence.

An outstanding feature of these chapters is the attention paid to the availability of

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