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June 1993

Understanding Brain Damage: A Primer of Neuropsychological Evaluation

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Houston, Tex

Arch Neurol. 1993;50(6):565. doi:10.1001/archneur.1993.00540060007002

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The remarkable growth of neuropsychology during the past two decades can be gauged by the proliferation of monographs and textbooks devoted to various facets of the specialty. None of these books serves every purpose, and Walsh's "primer" is no exception. Indeed, this updated version of a 1985 publication occupies a distinct position on the neuropsychological landscape because its scope is deliberately restricted and also because it provides the kind of unified coverage that is difficult to achieve in a multiauthored book. Intended for students of clinical neuropsychology, the book also is meant to serve as a concise introduction to the specialty for generalist clinical psychologists who must deal with common neuropsychological problems in their practice.

Advocacy of a problem-oriented approach to neuropsychological evaluation is hardly unique, but Walsh is probably correct in asserting that this approach has been underrepresented in the literature compared with actuarial approaches such as the Halstead-Reitan

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