A Diverse Overview of Multiple Sclerosis

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 202–203. Reviews the book, Multiple Sclerosis: A Neuropsychiatric Disorder edited by Uriel Halbreich (1993). This slim, edited volume represents a selection from a diverse variety of scientific presentations at an undated American Psychiatric Association symposium on the medical, psychiatric, and related aspects of MS. As would be expected in a publication from the American Psychiatric Press, the author group is multidisciplinary but decidedly medical, with only one psychologist and two other participants with no medical affiliation represented. The stated purpose of the book is to present “both up-to-the-minute research and solid clinical information on the neuropsychiatric aspects of multiple sclerosis in a format that is accessible to readers of all levels, from scientists and clinician-specialists to primary care physicians”. This book represents an easily digestible source for brief overviews of current thought in a variety of aspects of MS; it is not, however, sufficiently broad, detailed, or current for those having more than an ancillary interest in this important and interesting neurobehavioral disorder. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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