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Because many people are fascinated by high technology, books on brain-behavior connection often focus on changing behavior while measuring the brain (e.g., Neuroimaging, ed. by G. Reid Lyon and Judith Rumsey, 1996). The alternative approach is to alter the brain (through damage or stimulation) and measure behavior. This volume describes the application of the latter approach to the diagnosis and care of patients with brain dysfunction. It describes the efforts of clinical neuropsychologists and behavioral neurologists to understand the working status of the brain. The first section concerns special considerations based on the age of the patient. The second section discusses clinical conditions such as autism, head trauma, stroke, degenerative disorders, neurotoxic exposure, diabetes, neoplastic processes, epilepsy, and psychiatric disorders. The final section covers processes that are measured: reasoning, memory, aphasia, spatial abilities, and motor skills. Each chapter is written by practicing professionals; the volume is graced with an exceptional uniformity of style and clarity of communication. Appropriate for academic and general readers, especially those doing systems neuroscience research on normal populations and those who have relatives with brain disorders. All levels. R. A. Drake Western State College of Colorado
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