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Neurologic disorders of attention and arousal: Assessment and treatment

  • John Whyte
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    From the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, USA

    Drucker Brain Injury Center, Moss Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia, USA
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      Abstract

      Disorders of attention are common after a variety of insults to the central nervous system. Clinically observable disorders of attention have complex relationships to the hypothesized underlying core deficits that were reviewed in a previous article. Thus, the process of evaluating such deficits is equally complex. Treatments may be directed along a continuum from cellular chemistry and physiology to environmental modification. At present, there is little consensus about appropriate evaluation or treatment for attentional disorders.

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