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Edited by Paul J Eslinger. (Pp 254, £38.00). Published by Guilford Press, New York, 2002. ISBN 1-57230-744-7
As the editor of this book says, at one time those who reported psychometric testing data in relationship to a particular lesion location or disease process were considered more experimental and scientific, where rehabilitators were perceived as seeking a therapeutic effect from atheoretical and non-experimental approaches. Although this attitude is still prevalent in some quarters, the respectability of neuropsychological rehabilitation would appear to be on the increase. Several books on the topic have been published in recent years so why bother to buy or read this one? The main difference is that this book focuses on ideas, models, and methods driving current research into neuropsychological rehabilitation. The authors of each chapter were asked to address the question “How is research in this area conceptualised, scientifically framed, and experimentally advancing?” (p 13).
The book is comprised of 14 chapters (12 from North America and 2 from Europe) in three sections namely Foundations of Neuropsychological Interventions; Models of Intervention for Neuropsychological Impairments, and Future Directions (only 1 chapter in this section). The book is sound and contains some helpful and clinically relevant information. What I felt was lacking, however, was the integration of the work on different neuropsychological impairments into a sensible whole. If a person is referred for rehabilitation, we need to address the cognitive, psychosocial, behavioural, and emotional sequelae together and not address the individual problems piecemeal. A chapter on integrating theory and practice from a number of models, theories, and frameworks would have been welcomed. Nevertheless, there is much of value here for those engaged in the practice of rehabilitation or wanting to know the current state of play.
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