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Psychiatric Management in Neurological Disease

Edited by Edward C. Lauterbach, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-786-3
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Much of the vast terrain of neurological brain disorders lies beyond our understanding, waiting to be discovered. Complicating our knowledge of and ability to treat these disorders is that they often bring with them a daunting array of psychiatric illnesses. Into this uncharted territory comes Psychiatric Management in Neurological Disease, a practical guide written with the busy clinician in mind. Its wealth of information is organized for ease of use.

This comprehensive volume sets forth management principles for a broad range of key representative neurological disorders, each of which presents a distinct psychiatric profile and requires a specific management approach tailored to the nature of the illness and the level of the nervous system affected. Readers will find:

  • Reviews of recent research findings in specific neurological disorders

  • Discussions of diagnostic principles and disease aspects relevant to psychiatrists

  • Surveys of current pharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches, with explicit information on how to contact and refer patients to support groups

  • Practical recommendations for helping patients' families cope with the impact of neurological illnesses.

Written by leading practitioners, this concise yet through guide will appeal to a wide audience. General psychiatrists, neuropsychiatrists, and neurologists; geropsychiatrists, gerontologists, and nurses; and physical and occupational therapists and social workers will all find that this timesaving reference pays significant dividends in the quality of care they can offer their patients.


  • Contributors
  • Introduction to the Clinical Practice Series
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Psychiatric Management Principles in Neurological Disease
  • Chapter 2. Parkinson's Disease
  • Chapter 3. Huntington's Disease
  • Chapter 4. Wilson's Disease (Progressive Hepatolenticular Degeneration)
  • Chapter 5. Fahr's Syndrome
  • Chapter 6. Dystonia
  • Chapter 7. Stroke
  • Chapter 8. Multiple Sclerosis
  • Chapter 9. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
  • Chapter 10. Family Management Issues
  • Index

About the Authors

Edward C. Lauterbach, M.D., is Chief of the Division of Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry; Professor of Psychiatry and Internal Medicine (Neurology) at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Internal Medicine (Neurology Section) at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia.

Psychiatric Management in Neurological Disease fills an important void in the practicing psychiatrist's library. This volume is comprehensive enough that the general psychiatrist who gets consulted on neurological patients with psychiatric complications should find it an easy to use stand-alone reference. I strongly recommend the book to all psychiatrists specializing in consultation-liaison psychiatry. I also recommend this volume to all neurologists whether in training, practice or academic settings. It is a reminder of the extreme intertwine between psychiatry and neurology.—Nash. Boutros, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, West Haven, Connecticut

. . .this book is a valuable contribution to the management of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral problems associated with neurological disorders. . . . Practitioners and students will benefit greatly from this concise but comprehensive review, particularly the pragmatic treatment recommendations presented herein.—Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 6/1/2001

In all, this is a well-written and practical book that effectively addresses the need for both a concise reference textbook and a practical guide to psychiatric management in neurologic disorders. This book should be strongly considered for use by all general psychiatrists, neurologists, and neuropsychiatrists engaged in the care of neuropsychiatrically ill patients, and it will undoubtedly be a useful teaching tool for residents and students.—Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences

Psychiatric Management of Neurological Disease fills an important void in the neuropsychiatric literature by providing a focus on the most basic of health care endeavors, treatment. Dr. Lauterbach, current Chair of the Committee on Research of the American Neuropsychiatric Association, has assembled a fine cast of clinician-scientists who share their considerable experience, knowledge, and insights on management of psychiatric disturbance in the setting of neurologic disorders. This volume will be of interest to all clinicians engaged in the care of persons with neuropsychiatric illness.—C. Edward Coffey, M.D., Vice President, Behavioral Health, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Kathleen and Earl Ward Chair in Psychiatry, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan

This excellent text covers ground familiar and unfamiliar. With the growth of interest in both liaison psychiatry and neuropsychiatry, a book devoted to the psychiatric management of neurological disease is to be welcomed by both neurologists and psychiatrists. The text covers a number of fascinating neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders in considerable depth, emphasizing not only aspects of treatment, but also the wealth of clinical and research fascination to be found at the interface of neurology and psychiatry.—Michael Trimble, Professor of Behavioural Neurology, Institute of Neurology, London, England

In the Preface, Dr. Lauterbach indicates that his intent was to create a 'time-saving reference' that could 'pay significant clinical dividends in quality of care. . . .' The editor and authors are to be congratulated for achieving this goal. Psychiatric Management in Neurological Disease presents a concise, up-to-date review of major issues in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric problems in patients with a variety of major neurological disorders. All chapters are good and several are outstanding. Despite the fact that the book is multi-authored, the chapters have similar outlines that help the logical flow. In a concise fashion, the text deals with key issues in diagnosis, genetics, treatment and outcome. Busy clinicians and trainees in psychiatry and neurology will find this book to be a useful addition to their library.—Charles F. Zorumski, M.D., Samuel B. Guze Professor of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri

This is a very useful book for all psychiatrists, especially those who work in consultation-liaison psychiatry, medical psychiatry, and geriatric psychiatry.—Philip E. Veenhuis, M.D., M.P.H., American Journal of Psychiatry, 6/1/2001

This is an excellent book on treating the psychiatric complications of neurological diseases. No clinician who works with patients with neurologic illness should be without it.—Doody's Journal On-line

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