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Clinical Neuroanatomy

A Neurobehavioral Approach



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10 October 2010


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A major focus of clinical neuropsychology and cognitive-behavioral neurology is the assessment and management of cognitive and behavioral changes that result from brain injury or disease. In most instances, the task of the...

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A major focus of clinical neuropsychology and cognitive-behavioral neurology is the assessment and management of cognitive and behavioral changes that result from brain injury or disease. In most instances, the task of the neuropsychologist can be divided into one of two general categories. Perhaps the most common is where patients are known to be suffering from identi?ed neurological insults, such as completed strokes, neoplasms, major head traumas or other disease processes, and the clinician is asked to assess the impact of the resulting brain damage on behavior. The second involves differential diagnosis in cases of questionable insults to the central nervous system. Examples of the latter might be milder forms of head trauma, anoxia and dementia or suspected vascular compromise. In either instance, understanding the underlying pathology and its consequences depends in large part on an analysis of cognitive and behavioral changes, as well as obtaining a good personal and medical history. The clinical investigation will typically include assessing problems or changes in personality, social and environmental adaptations, affect, cognition, perception, as well as sensorimotor skills. Regardless of whether one approaches these questions having prior independent con?rmation of the pathology versus only a suspicion of pathology, a fairly comprehensive knowledge of functional neuroanatomy is considered critical to this process. Unfortunately as neuropsychologists we too frequently adopt a corticocentric view of neurological de?cits. We recognize changes in personality, memory, or problem solving capacity as suggestive of possible cerebral compromise.

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Attempts to bridge the gap between the study of neuroanatomy and behavioral neurology/neuropsychology

Initially derived from a series of lectures given to and, hence conceived as, a review of functional neuroanatomy for students of clinical neuropsychology

While most functional neuroanatomical texts provide what might generally be considered a more limited treatment of the brain itself, here cortical and subcortical systems are clearly the main focus of the book

Provides readers not only with the clinical correlates of neuroanatomical structures and/or pathological changes, but with theoretical models for understanding how and why one might account for those behaviors

Provides a general review of the cerebrovascular system and major neurochemical transmitters

Includes a substantial Glossary to facilitate a quick review of potentially unfamiliar terms or concepts

The Spinal Cord and Descending Tracts
The Somatosensory Systems
The Cerebellum
The Brainstem
The Cranial Nerves
The Basal Ganglia
The Thalamus
The Limbic System/Hypothalamus
The Cerebral Cortex
The Cerebral Vascular System
Neurochemical Transmission.
From the reviews:"Clinical Neuroanatomy: A Neurobehavioral Approach is an outgrowth of seminars requested by neuropsychology interns and residents … . Readers will be impressed by the authors’ attention to explaining the limitations of current anatomical and physiological knowledge and reasons for the often confusing overlapping descriptions of various structures. … the work remains a laudable effort and worthy of consideration, not only by neuropsychologists but also as a valuable addition to one’s reference library by all psychologists who intend to work in health care." (John E. Carr, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 53 (31), 2008)"This book describes the role of both higher cortical and subcortical structures in understanding neurological deficits. … Students and clinicians in neuropsychology are the primary audience, but the book is also relevant for ‘behavioral and traditional neurologists, neuropsychiatrists, and others who have an interest in exploring the mysteries of brain-behavior relationships’ … . helps readers to understand brain structure and function from both the vantage point of normal behavior and pathology." (Gary B Kaniuk, Doody’s Review Service, October, 2008)"Tulane Medical School clinical neuropsychologist Mendoza and behavioral neurologist Foundas team up to provide an in-depth overview of higher-order functions, their anatomical and neurochemical substrates, pathology, and theories of functional brain organization. … An outgrowth of seminars to neuropsychology interns and residents … . It is also suitable for other clinicians who work with the neurologically impaired." (SciTech Book News, June, 2008)
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