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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of this excellent concise guide to the assessment and management of patients suffering from dementia. Edited and written by a clinician-educator in the field, this book remains an excellent resource for geriatric psychiatrists.
Purpose: It is intended to provide the practicing clinician "a practical guide that can be brought into the clinic when one is evaluating and treating patients." The author produces a very useful and concise update.
Audience: The targeted audience includes geriatric psychiatrists, neuropsychiatrists, cognitive neurologists, geriatricians, trainees in geriatric psychiatry, and primary care physicians.
Features: The book covers dementia assessment, dementia subtypes, psychiatric complications of dementia and their treatments, and caregiver and legal/ethical issues. The appendixes contain guides and scales for the dementia evaluation, assessment and treatment of psychiatric complications, and OBRA guidelines.
Assessment: This concise and useful resource for the diagnosis and management of patients with dementia will keep the busy clinician up to date in this rapidly advancing field.