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, humour, and determination to triumph over illness and disability that many "ordinary people" demonstrate when coping with the extraordinary stress of a brain disorder. At 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 disorder 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 counselling, 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.
1. Introduction to clinical neuropsychology ; 2. The neuropsychological assessment ; 3. Marooned in the moment: H. M., a case of global amnesia ; 4. Out of control: the consequences and treatment of epilepsy ; 5. The breakdown of language: case studies of aphasia ; 6. A body in the mind: a case of autotopagnosia ; 7. Out of mind, out of sight: a case of hemineglect ; 8. Vision without knowledge: visual object agnosia and prosopagnosia ; 9. The impaired executive: a case of frontal-lobe dysfunction ; 10. Beating the odds: severe head injury and the importance of ongoing rehabilitation ; 11. The unseen injury: minor closed head injury ; 12. Explosion in the mind: a case of subarachnoid hemorrhage ; 13. Twenty tears too late: organic solvent neurotoxicity ; 14. Tomorrow is another day: living with Multiple Sclerosis ; 15. mind over matter: coping with Parkinson's disease ; 16. Huntington's disease: a family challenged ; 17. Dementia: a family tragedy ; 18. Split brain, split mind? Case L. B. ; 19. A whole life with half a brain: Kate's story