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July 2001

Developmental Disability and Behavior

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Arch Neurol. 2001;58(7):1163-1164. doi:

edited by Christopher Gillberg and Gregory O'Brien, 198 pp, with illus, $64.95, London, England, Mac Keith Press, 2000.

For older American practitioners, this book stirs up fond memories of the era when physicians considered "why" patients behave as they do before attempting to change them. However, the current managed-care insistence on quick fixes through polypharmacy has largely displaced thoughtful assessment and treatment of behavioral disorders in many patients, including those with developmental disabilities. Hence, this book may trouble the more efficient modern clinician.

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