Traumatic Brain Injury: Methods for Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychiatric Assessment 3rd Edition (2015) (PDF) Robert P. Granacher Jr

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Basic Information:

  • Year: 2015
  • Page Number: 597
  • File Type: PDF
  • File Size: 11.41 MB
  • Authors/ Editiors: Robert P. Granacher Jr

Description:

Traumatic Brain Injury: Methods for Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychiatric Assessment, Third Editionprovides physicians and psychologists with a scientifically based schema for the clinical evaluation of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The book assists physicians and psychologists in developing treatment plans for patients who have sustained TBIs and also guides those providing forensic analysis to lawyers, insurance bodies, workers’ compensation systems, triers of fact, and other stakeholders in the adjudication of victims of TBI.

The procedures and recommendations in this book are grounded in highly referenced evidence-based science but also come from more than 5000 cases wherein the author and contributors have personally examined individuals who have sustained a TBI, or who claim to have sustained a TBI.

User’s Review:

Robert P. Granacher Jr., MD, MBA, is a clinical professor of psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexignton. He also practices privately as a treating neuropsychiatrist and as a forensic neuropsychiatrist. Dr. Granacher obtained his MD from the University of Kentucky, Lexington. He later served as a resident and fellow at Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital and other Harvard University teaching hospitals in Boston. He specializes in the neuropsychiatric treatment and evaluation of traumatic brain injury, perinatal birth injury, toxic brain injury, and other complex neurobehavioral disorders. Dr. Granacher is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the American Neuropsychiatric Association.

The updated third edition of “Traumatic Brain Injury: Methods for Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychiatric Assessment” from Robert P. Granacher, Jr., MD, MBA, is a timely and masterful contribution to the field of brain injury. Dr. Granacher is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Kentucky, and a pioneering, (Harvard) fellowship trained, behavioral neurologist/neuropsychiatrist. He brings his almost 40 years of experience as a practitioner, scientist, teacher, and forensic neuropsychiatrist to this book.

Dr. Grancher succinctly covers the rapidly accumulating data from the civilian and military research, including on vital issues such as suicide, violence, disability, and pain in the brain injured. The book will greatly benefit practicing psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, rehab medicine doctors, and others involved in the assessment and management of the brain injured; a must have for forensic psychiatrists and psychologists, and a useful reference for the legal profession.

Chapter 1 provides the reader with an understanding of the pathophysiology of brain injury in a clear manner that will be useful for educating judges and juries. Chapter 6 (Neurocognitive Assessment) educates the reader on an area that is critical in brain injury assessment but one that is anxiety provoking for non-neuropsychologists. Chapters 8, 9 and 10 are superbly presented and of practical benefit for conducting exams, making decisions, and providing opinions in this very complicated area that involves medical science, law, and public health.

Every important area of brain injury for the evaluating clinician and forensic practitioner has been addressed and is accessible from the contents and index, and the search in the Kindle/ebook version. Controversial areas such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy and brain imaging have been covered in an up to date and balanced manner that separates relevance from rhetoric and the science from the pseudoscience.

Scholarly but readable with up to date references, it is a book you will want to carry to exams and court. There are many books on brain injury and forensic psychiatry but none that cover both with the breadth, depth, and practicality as this book does. Dr. Granacher’s book will be an invaluable resource to guide those not familiar with doing med-legal examinations on brain injury cases, and for the experienced forensic psychiatrist to update and maintain thoroughness while conducting evaluations and providing testimony.

Mohan Nair MD Forensic Neuropsychiatrist /Brain Injury Medicine

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