Acknowledgements Foreword by Robert Jones Preface 1. Birth First days in neuropsychology 2. Toughness Traumatic Brain Injury ã 3. Fragility Cerebro-vascular pathologies ã 4. Badness Infections in the brain ã 5. Fate Unpredictability in brain injury ã 6. Shock Epilepsy and pseudo-seizures ã 7. Reality Co-morbidity in clinical neuropsychology ã 8. Life Psychiatric aspects of neurological injury ã 9. Inheritance Genetic disorders ã 10. Death Dementia and neurological devastation ã Epilogue ã Appendix 1: Bibliography ã Appendix 2: A short note on tests ã Appendix 3: About the author
Dr Rudi Coetzer qualified with distinction as a Clinical Psychologist in 1987. He is Consultant Neuropsychologist and Head of Service with the North Wales Brain Injury Service, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board NHS Wales, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Clinical Neuropsychology in the School of Psychology, Bangor University.
At the beginning of this book, a young Rudi Coetzer asks a senior colleague for help: "How to resemble a clinical neuropsychologist, just a tiny little bit more as I go along?". This question is also continually asked by my students. This excellent book provides an answer and will help students and young professionals develop. A mixture of sound theoretical knowledge, experience, understanding, and most importantly, deep clinical wisdom, this is a great and highly-needed book for young and more experienced psychologists alike. (Sanna Koskinen, Clinical neuropsychologist, University lecturer, PhD, University of Helsinki) This beautiful book interweaves the vulnerability and modesty of a budding new neuropsychologist with the narratives of patients as experienced from the clinician's side of the desk. What adds great weight to the value of the book is that Rudi Coetzer has remained true to the origins of his first cases and refrained from the temptation of choosing only the extraordinary cases - as a result his book is both remarkable and a precious addition to the literature. (Dr Ava Easton, Chief Executive, The Encephalitis Society, Honourary Fellow, The University of Liverpool)