Fractured Minds introduces the reader to clinical neuropsychology through vivid case descriptions of adults who have suffered brain damage. At one level, this is a book about the courage, humor, and determination to triumph over illness and disability that many "ordinary people" demonstrate when coping with the extraordinary stress of a brain disorder. On another level, it is a well-referenced and up-to-date textbook that provides a holistic view of the practice of clinical neuropsychology. Included are reader-friendly descriptions and explanations of a wide range of neurological disorders and neuroscientific concepts. Two introductory chapters are followed by 17 chapters that each focus on a specific disorder and include research, clinical assessment, rehabilitation, and a detailed case study. Disorders range across the full spectrum from common ones such as traumatic brain injury and dementia, to rare disorders such as autotopagnosia. Each of the 16 chapters retained from the first edition has been revised to reflect current research and clinical advances. Three new chapters on multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and Huntington's disease incorporate discussion of important current topics such as genetically-transmitted diseases, genetic counseling, gene transplantation, functional neurosurgery, and the complex ethical issues that go hand-in-hand with these new techniques. This informative and engaging book will be of interest to students of clinical psychology, neuropsychology, and neurology, health professionals who work with neurological patients, neurological patients and their families, and lay readers who are simply fascinated by the mind and brain.
Reviewer:S. Marc Testa, PhD(Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)
Description:First published in 1996, this book offers a multidimensional perspective on neurologic illness incorporating medical information, neuropsychological test results, and humanistic understanding.
Purpose:Dr. Ogden certainly meets her objectives in providing a basic and fundamental neuropsychological and a theoretical perspective for each disorder. More importantly, the illustrative case studies highlight the impact of neurological disorders on daily life, and also underscore the perseverance of the human spirit.
Audience:The information is appropriate for students, residents, and non-neuropsychologist practitioners, as well as professionals intimately familiar with neuropsychological theory. Moreover, the straightforward presentation of the medical information and illustrative case studies may offer some utility to patients as well.
Features:After reading the initial two chapters on neuropsychological theory, the reader has the option of reading the remaining 17 chapters in any order. Each chapter begins by covering the main theoretical and neuropathological aspects of each disorder while incorporating recent research in the particular area. This is followed by an illustrative case study that, unlike most books, does not let the reader forget the human side of each illness.
Assessment:Although this book is very different than others in the field, its incorporation of the human element makes it stand out as a "must have." The second edition offers new chapters on multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and Huntington's disease, and improves previous chapters with new medical information and patient updates.