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Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury
Editors: Jonathan M. Silver, M.D., Thomas W. McAllister, M.D. and Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D.
ISBN 13:
American Psychiatric Publishing
 List Price: $169, APA Member Price: $135.20, APA Member-in-Training Price: $126.75  664 Pages  Hard Cover 
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      Written with both compassion and expertise, Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury, 2nd Edition is, without a doubt, the go-to reference for medical and mental health professionals who work with TBI patients.  In addition to being both inclusive and readable, the text contains many useful tools for the clinician, including various forms necessary for assessing and treating patients with brain injuries, and a fantastic online resource for viewing the complete text when you're away from your book.  PDA downloading is also supported with the online access.    

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Organization of information: 9
Significant number of illustrations: 5 (mainly tables and charts)
Suitable for intended audience: 10
Overall presentation: 9
Quality of illustrations: na (no photos, but does include useful forms for assessing memory loss, aggression, consent to use of medications, and soforth)
Usefulness of book:   10
Value: 10
Writing style: 9


As soldiers and combat veterans have returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been identified as the “signature injury” of those wars. TBI is also in the news on a daily basis due to sports injuries. This new edition of Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury has been thoroughly revised and updated from the 2005 first edition to reflect the exponential expansion of research and clinical data amassed in the intervening years. Each chapter was written and reviewed by the foremost authorities in neuropsychiatry, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, and the other specialties who assess, diagnose, and treat these patients.

The revisions and additions to this comprehensive volume were made to ensure that the scope and coverage is both up-to-date and down-to-earth. Key features include:

  • New chapters on epidemiology, neuropathology, and genetics of TBI
  • A new chapter on TBI in the military emphasizing the unique feature of blast injury
  • A new chapter on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which emphasizes the common co-occurrence of TBI and PTSD in both combat and other settings
  • Enhanced coverage of psychopharmacology and psychotherapy for the psychiatric symptoms associated with TBI
  • Information on the social ramifications of TBI so that clinicians will better understand and help their patients cope with the complex legal, financial, and insurance-based struggles their patients who have sustained TBI encounter
  • Chapters are complete, readable, and relevant in themselves, allowing readers to consult chapters of immediate concern to them
  • Each chapter concludes with essential points and key references to focus attention and consolidate learning
  • A Foreword written by Bob Woodruff (the ABC World News correspondent who sustained a TBI while covering the war in Iraq) and his wife, Lee Woodruff, who underscore that although this volume is intended to be read primarily by professionals, patients and families may also find the information in the textbook to be of keen interest and practical application
  • The book has been closely edited to achieve a level of writing that is consistent and engaging and that addresses the needs of all medical professionals—including the full range of mental health professionals—who care for people who suffer from TBI. Evidence-based, academically rigorous, and conceptually sound, this new edition of Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury represents a huge step forward for the diagnosis and treatment of TBI.

Table of Contents:



Part I: Epidemiology and Pathophysiology.
Genetics factors.
Neuropsychiatric assessment.
Structural imaging.
Functional imaging.
Electrophysiological assessment.
Neuropsychological assessment.

Part II: Neuropsychiatric Disorders.
Delirium and posttraumatic confusion.
Mood disorders.
Psychotic disorders.
Posttraumatic stress disorder.
Personality change.
Aggressive disorders.
Mild brain injury.
Posttraumatic epilepsy.

Part III: Neuropsychiatric Symptomatologies.
Cognitive changes.
Disorders of diminished motivation.
Awareness of deficits.
Sleep disturbance and fatigue.
Dizziness, imbalance, and vestibular dysfunction.
Vision problems.
Chronic pain.
Sexual dysfunction.

Part IV: Special Populations and Issues.
Traumatic brain injury in the context of war.
Sports injuries.
Children and adolescents.
Alcohol and drug disorders.

Part V: Treatment.
The family system.
Systems of care.
Social aspects.
Clinical legal issues.
Psychopharmacology .
Cognitive rehabilitation.
Positive behavioral interventions.
Complementary and integrative treatments.

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