This volume utilizes various neurological diseases as its organizing principle, focusing specifically on their personal, social, and cognitive consequences. In so doing, it provides neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, and those in related disciplines with an accessible survey of the available research on the psychological functioning of patients with the various disorders. Each chapter consists of a background review of the major features of one of the diseases, including symptom pattern, neuroanatomical bases, neuropathology, genetic factors, and epidemiology. Finally, the psychological and cognitive deficits established by research are reviewed, and their practical implications are discussed.
"Knight admirably achieves his goal of succinctly reviewing current clinical and research knowledge of degenerative brain diseases in a format valuable to the clinician….The writing style is easy to read and important information is accented in tables. The author is knowledgeable about the range of disorders and aptly provides interpretations of multiple or divergent research findings and clinical features."
Contents: Preface. Part I: Assessment. Assessing the Dementing Patient. Neuropsychological Assessment. Part II: Neuropsychological Research. Korsakoff's Disease. Alzheimer's Disease. Multiple Sclerosis. Parkinson's Disease. Huntington's Disease. Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Subcortical Dementia, and Other Degenerative Diseases. Part III: Psychological Aspects. Caregiver Burden. Conclusions: A Neuropsychosocial Model.