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Once feared and misunderstood even among the medical community, epilepsy has since largely been demystified. Besides the characteristic seizures, various cognitive, behavioral, and emotional difficulties are recognized as associated with the condition, and patients are finding relief in medical management and/or surgical intervention. Not surprisingly, neuropsychology has emerged as a major component in treatment planning, program development, and assessment of surgical candidates.
Geared toward beginning as well as veteran clinicians, the Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Epilepsy offers readers a skills-based framework for assessment and treatment, using current evidence and standardized terminology. Expert coverage reviews widely-used methods for evaluating key aspects of patient functioning (MRI, MEG, electrocortical mapping, the Wada test), and presents guidelines for psychotherapeutic and cognitive remediation strategies in treating comorbid psychiatric conditions. Given the diversity of the patient population, additional chapters spotlight issues specific to subgroups including high- and low-functioning as well as geriatric and pediatric patients. This integrative hands-on approach benefits a range of practitioners across medical and neurological settings. Topics featured in the Handbook :
Neuropsychological assessment across the lifespan.
Evaluating the epilepsy surgical candidate: methods and procedures.
The Wada test: current perspectives and applications.
Assessing psychiatric and personality disorders in the epilepsy patient. Evaluation and management of psychogenic non-epileptic attacks.
Neuropsychological assessment with culturally diverse patients.
Practical and flexible in its coverage, the Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Epilepsy serves not only neuropsychologists and neurologists but also primary care physicians such as internists, family physicians, and pediatricians.
Section I: Introduction.- Historical Introduction on Epilepsy and Neuropsychology.- Neuropsychological Testing of Patients with Epilepsy.- Section II: Evaluation of the Surgical Candidate.- Neuropsychological Evaluation of the Presurgical Candidate.- The Wada Test.- Extraoperative and Intraoperative Brain Mapping.- Structural Imaging and Quantitative MRI.- Functional Imaging Techniques: fMRI and MEG.- Postoperative Neuropsychological Testing.- Section III. Special Topics.- Children.- Adolescents and Young Adults.- Elderly Patients.- Adults in the Work Force.- Developmentally Disabled Adults.- Psychotherapeutic Approaches.- Cognitive Remediation.- Section IV. Summary and Conclusion.- Future Trends
From the book reviews:
"This book covers the major aspects of epilepsy care from a neuropsychological perspective. ... This book is intended to provide much more specific guidance on special procedures and consideration in working with patients with epilepsy. The book is clearly meant for neuropsychologists, but it also aims to be appropriate for other medical professionals to help better understand neuropsychological procedures and better integrate them into epilepsy care." (Christopher J. Graver, Doody's Book Reviews, April, 2015)