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Book Reviews
January 2005

Principles and Practice of Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychology

Arch Neurol. 2005;62(1):162. doi:10.1001/archneur.62.1.162

by Matthew Rizzo, MD, and Paul J. Eslinger, PhD, 1168 pp, with illus, $99, ISBN 0-7216-8154-9, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders, 2004.

This is one of the best books of its type I have seen on behavioral neurology and neuropsychology in years. In 55 chapters and about 1200 pages, this multi-authored compendium tries to present a comprehensive, sophisticated introduction to the fields of adult and pediatric behavioral neurology and neuropsychology. The 6 major subdivisions are labeled “Methods of Assessment,” “Disorders of Higher Brain Functions,” “Cognition/Behavior and Disease,” “Pediatric/Developmental Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychology,” “Rehabilitation and Treatment,” and “Forensics, Competence and Legal Issues.” The approximately 80 authors and co-authors include some of the best known clinicians, researchers, and educators in the business, such as Vladimir Hachinski, MD, Howard Kirshner, MD, Michael Weinrich, MD, Norman Relkin, MD, PhD, Ruth Nass, MD, Michael Trimble, MD, Karen Roos, MD, Jonathan Pincus, MD, Daniel Tranel, PhD, Clare Galton, MD, Catherine Mateer, PhD, Jeremy Schmahmann, MD, John Hodges, MD, Richard Beresford, MD, JD, and Richard Caselli, MD. Also included among the co-authors are scholars with respected reputations in the field and on the verge of breaking into international recognition. Overall, it’s quite a lineup.