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Book Reviews
November 2009

Treating Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders: A Guide for Practitioners

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Copyright 2009 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2009

Arch Neurol. 2009;66(11):1426. doi:10.1001/archneurol.2009.246

Tics and Tourette syndrome are common conditions faced by pediatric neurologists, pediatricians, adult neurologists, and psychiatrists; in fact, probably the most common movement disorder. Several challenges face clinicians and researchers interested in tics and Tourette syndrome. The first is practical; the media has done a disservice to the public in portraying the disorder. Sensationalistic presentations showing children with severe Tourette syndrome affected with coprolalia, rage attacks, severe self-injurious tics, desperate parents, and heroic interventions including deep brain stimulation reinforce the message that this is a disorder to be feared, one that is difficult to control, frequently derailing or even destroying children's lives. This book, a comprehensive review of treatment and management of tics as a neuropsychiatric disorder, is a welcome addition to the field. I would go so far as to say that this text should be required reading for any member of the media who intends to produce a program about Tourette syndrome!

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