An undertaking that is as ambitious in its scope as it is masterful in its presentation, Textbook of Autism Spectrum Disorders presents a comprehensive view of the history, etiology, diagnosis, pathophysiology, risk factors, and treatment of this multifaceted groups of disorders. Because more patients are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders than ever before, and at earlier ages, research initiatives have been established to address the most critical scientific questions in terms of biological markers, neuroimaging, and treatment efficacy. The resulting deluge of scholarship and research findings has made staying current in the field a daunting task.
To meet the challenge, the editors, among the foremost authorities in the field, have assembled experts from the full range of specialties that are critical to a comprehensive understanding of autism. They have drawn on their clinical experience and scientific knowledge to create this benchmark publication, which includes: ? A scientific history of autism, starting from its first identification by Kanner in 1943, that explores the competing theories of etiology and treatment up to the present day, in order to contextualize autism spectrum disorders, both scientifically and culturally? Chapters on clinical evaluation that are presented within a cohesive multidisciplinary framework? Thorough coverage of diagnostic testing and a review of the status of current research on biological markers that brings the reader up-to-date? Chapters on risk factors, both perinatal and environmental, which help to identify areas of potential intervention? Extensive coverage of experimental, novel, and alternative therapies, which may be helpful to patients and their families, as well as provide clinicians with valuable new treatment perspectives? An impressively comprehensive section on treatment options to help clinicians develop cutting-edge skills.
The editors are well aware that a book of this kind could be intimidating, so they have included a number of features that make the text reader-friendly: ? A preface and introduction that help to introduce and contextualize the material ? Chapter concluding summaries, followed by condensed "Summary Points" that aid the reader in identifying and mastering the most critical information? Liberal use of tables and figures that aid with identification of neurobiological and clinical features, differential diagnoses, drug comparisons, and more
The diversity and breadth of the material make this book an indispensable resource for psychiatrists, psychologists, neurologists, social workers, speech therapists, educators, and patients and their families as well.
"Clinically, the book has some excellent contributors with very strong chapters that make a major contribution and with conclusions that are likely to survive the effect of time. The editors have gathered very authoritative voices summarizing current knowledge on autism, which will undoubtedly make this textbook particularly useful for clinicians."-- "Mara Parellada, Ph.D., The American Journal of Psychiatry", "January 2011"
For Ages: 22+ years old
Number Of Pages: 603
Published: 18th October 2010
Publisher: AMER PSYCHIATRIC PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.84 x 21.54 x 3.53
Weight (kg): 1.72