D. Frank Benson Neurology of Thinking

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Neurology of Thinking

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This book presents an innovative study of cognition from a clinical point of view. From observations of patients' behavior, it illustrates and analyzes the disorders of the thinking process caused by focal brain damage or more widespread cerebral dysfunction. The disorders are organized in functional categories and integrated in the effort to outline a neural basis for thought processing. The author takes a broad view of this subject, ranging from sensory input to executive control of cognition and motor output. He uses striking clinical vignettes throughout the book to illustrate the various disorders, and discusses the case histories with respect to relevant literature. This detailed work provides an illuminating account of the neurological basis for components of thinking such as language, memory, visual imagery, and emotion. It will interest all who are concerned with the relation between brain and behavior, including neurologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and cognitive scientists.

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D. Frank Benson, M.D., is The Augustus S. Rose Professor of Neurology at the School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his medical degree from Northwestern and is the author of several books on the behavioral aspects of neurologic disease.

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"A highly original and very readable contribution...Chapters include a wealth of highly illustrative cases from the author's decades of clinical work. Most cases give striking examples of rare or difficult to imagine neurological disorders affecting higher mental functions....The case notes
are integrated into a clear and comprehensive text that gives an outline of neurological theory corresponding to the topic and cases. [The book] is highly entertaining both for the one who reads it from cover to cover and for the one who picks interesting bits."--Journal of the International
Neuropsychological Society

"This is evidently a book for the thinking neurologist. This beautifully written work comprises practically the entire scope with the approach of a clinical neurologist who enriches the text with a large number of highly didactic clinical cases. The book, however, offers a lot more than
clinical neurology as it relates to thinking and other mental functions....The author masters his task in a truly scholarly manner without ever displaying academic dryness or, on the other hand, an excessively flamboyant style....This outstanding work is most warmly recommended to every neurologist
and neuroscientist. Excellent printing, binding and a bargain price can only endorse this recommendation."--E. Niedermeyer, The Johns Hopkins University and Hospital, Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology

"A very intriguing book that summarizes the clinical experiences of a master clinician. It is always nice to see someone who has been so deeply immersed in a subject publish his or her perspective of a life's work. Dr, Benson is a neurologist who is one of the important figures in the
development of behavioral neurology. He has been a seminal investigator of the interface between the central nervous system and behavior, and this book clearly conveys these interests."--Gary J. Tucker, American Journal of Psychiatry

"The author does succeed in providing a comprehensive analysis of a wide variety of cerebral activities involved in thinking by studying patients with focal and diffuse cerebral lesions. Most of the clinical case material is the product of his rich personal experience as a clinician, teacher,
and clinical researcher. Throughout he provides clear expositions to support his various explanations for the clinico-anatomic data presented....All of the chapters are well-written and well-organized....I found the book to be quite wide ranging in scope. Furthermore, the fact that it has been well
written in a clear and understandable style should make it a useful companion for students as well as basic and clinical neuroscientists."--Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

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