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April 1996

Neuropsychiatry of Traumatic Head Injury

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Rochester, NY

Arch Neurol. 1996;53(4):299-300. doi:10.1001/archneur.1996.00550040027009

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Abstract

This compendium was intended as a comprehensive resource concerned primarily with engaging psychiatrists in the care and rehabilitation of patients with traumatic brain injury and their families. Many of the contributors are outstanding in their careers. The work, however, is poorly gathered, replete with redundancies, and lacking in structural sequencing and progression.

Chapters often stand alone and the discrepant data from one section to another are not evaluated. There is a volume of data but it lacks organization and prioritization. Often, data become a concern because of questions from otherreferences, lack of controls, and a small number of observations as they pertain to complex multifaceted elements of behavior and pharmacology. There is concern for proper diagnosis but relatively little attention to premorbid personality, substance abuse, previous head injury, and previous medical and orthopedic problems that may alter diagnosis.

Warnings against labeling patients "functional borderline personality," caution regarding use of drugs

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