McCrea delivers a comprehensive, state of the art review of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and post-concussion syndrome (PCS) in about 200 pages. A succinct writing style characterizes “Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Postconcussion Syndrome: The New Evidence Base for Diagnosis and Treatment” cover to cover.
Despite this brevity, McCrea manages to adequately cover a wide range of topics and issues surrounding mTBI/PCS, including, for example, epidemiology, current definitions/diagnoses, neurophysiology, neuroimaging, acute and chronic symptoms, and clinical case management. Though geared more for healthcare professionals, educated lay-persons may find this book to be very readable and informative.
McCrea navigates and reviews key research to help the reader arrive at an evidenced-based understanding of mTBI/PCS. Throughout the book, the author builds the case that PCS is best thought of and treated through biopsychosocial and/or neuropsychological perspectives, as opposed to the traditional medical model views (strictly biological/neurological). In fact, McCrea advocates that PCS should be reclassified as an undifferentiated somatoform disorder* based on the current available evidence.
Keep in mind that this book is not intended to guide or promote psychological/neuropsychological treatments of mTBI/PCS; rather, this is a scholarly (yet practical) investigation into the nature of mTBI and the perplexing symptoms of PCS.
In summary, “Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Postconcussion Syndrome: The New Evidence Base for Diagnosis and Treatment” is a highly recommended book for psychologists, neuropsychologists, physicians, and researchers.
On personal note: I have a strong interest in mTBI/PCS. My dissertation topic is “Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation for Mild Traumatic Brian Injury and Post-Concussion Syndrome” with soldiers that returned from the current Middle East conflicts. McCrea’s book turned out to be undoubtedly the most valuable mTBI/PCS resource I located for my dissertation. mTBI/PCS is extremely complex and this book helped me wrap my head around the various issues associated with these disorders.
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McCrea, M. (2008). Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Postconcussion Syndrome: The New Evidence Base for Diagnosis and Treatment. Oxford University Press (Oxford Workshop Series): New York.
*Undifferentiated somatoform disorder is characterized by (summarized) 1 or more physical complaints (fatigue, loss of appetite, gastrointestinal, or urinary) lasting at least 6 months that cannot be explained by a medical evaluation and is not faked. See the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV-TR Fourth Edition (Text Revision) for a completion definition.