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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel B. Hier, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a multiauthored collection of 21 reviews covering major aspects of geriatric behavioral neurology.
Purpose: The editors have sought to collect in a single book critical information on the behavioral neurology of the elderly. The material is presented largely in an overview or introductory level that is suitable for new entrants into the field.
Audience: This book is aimed at neurologists, neurospsychologists, geriatricians, and psychiatrists who care for the elderly with neuropsychiatric conditons. The emphasis is clearly on cognitive rather than psychiatric disorders, although both are covered.
Features: This well-written book has a clearly European flavor as many of the contributing authors are from Spain. The remainder are from the United States, Italy, and Colombia. Early chapters in the book cover geriatrics and gerontology as well as the epidemiology and neuroanatomy of aging. The middle third of book reviews cognitive disorders in the elderly and their diagnosis and assessment. The final third of the book deals with management and assessment.
Assessment: This book is clear and well-written. It provides an excellent introduction to the epidemiology, nature, description, and assessment of cognitive disorders in the elderly including disorders of memory, language, sleep, motor function, and emotional function. American readers will find the chapters on treatment less helpful as they reflect European approaches to treatment that are unfamiliar or inconsistent with American approaches.