The treatment of the braininjured patient has primarily been shaped by the rapidly developing field of neuropsychology. In its earlier stages, neuropsychology focused on assessment of brain injury with particular interest in differential diagnosis. A more recent trend in neuropsychology emphasizes rehabilitation of the braininjured patient (Boll, 1985). A holistic approach advocates treatment of the patient in the setting of his family, workplace, group, and community (Hoofien & Ben Yishay, 1982). The therapies, intensive milieu, group therapy (Guggenheim & Lesser, 1990) and cognitive remediation are designed to teach the patient how to act, feel, and experience. The holistic intensive therapy was born out of a need to treat the vast array of impairments and life problems caused by severe brain injury. In my opinion, the pressing need for direct therapeutic interventions has overshadowed the patient’s psychological hurt and conflict.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mitchel Becker
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  1. 1.The National Institute for the Rehabilitation of the Brain InjuredTel AvivIsrael

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