Fractured Minds: A Case-Study Approach to Clinical Neuropsychology

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An introduction to clinical neuropsychology through case studies of adults that have suffered brain damage, this engaging collection conveys a sense of the courage, humor, and determination to triumph over disability that many "ordinary people" demonstrate when coping with the extraordinary stress of a brain disorder. Two introductory chapters on basic neuroanatomy, neuropsychological concepts, and assessment are followed by fourteen chapters focusing on different disorders. Each chapter features sections on background theory and neuropathology, in addition to a detailed case study. Some of the chapters highlight the clinical assessment and rehabilitation of disorders such as head injury, epilepsy, aphasia, neglect, and dementia, while others emphasize research-based assessment of less common disorders, such as amnesia and the inability to recognize faces. Common neuropsychological tests are described, and ethical, cultural, and other issues that confront health professionals working with neurological patients are discussed. This book is intended for students of clinical and neuropsychology, health professionals treating neurological patients, neurological patients and their families, and lay readers curious about the mind and brain.

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Jenni A. Ogden, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Auckland.

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From reviews of the first edition: "The most remarkable feature of this volume lies in the author's emphasis on bringing clinical practice back to neuropsychology. In this volume, clinical practice in neuropsychology goes beyond diagnostic evaluation. It is a discipline that sets its goals on improving the quality of life for patients and their families. It is...a book written with clarity and clinical sensitivity. Lecturers in introductory neuropsychology, abnormal psychology, or introductory psychology will find this volume a useful source for supplementary reading and a book students can enjoy." --Contemporary Psychology


"The book's goal is to provide the reader with a broad picture of clinical neuropsychology. Dr. Ogden's intent is that the book will serve as an introductory text in clinical neuropsychology that will capture the attention and interest of students without actually requiring them to 'learn how to do it.' It was written primarily for university and beginning graduate students, but it will also be of interest to health professionals who work with neurological patients..." --The American Journal of Psychiatry


"The selected cases are extremely well presented, rich in detail, and unmatched in the presentation of the human aspect of neurological disease. Dr. Ogden provides details of the person's premorbid history, the clinical presentations and history, medical findings, the methods of cognitive assessment, and specific test results...Her approach is systematic, logical and illustrates sound clinical reasoning. As a text, it would be a very strong supplement to a solid foundation in neuroscience." --Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society


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