Cognitive Assessment for Clinicians / Edition 2

Cognitive Assessment for Clinicians / Edition 2

by John R Hodges
     
 

ISBN-10: 019262976X

ISBN-13: 9780192629760

Pub. Date: 09/21/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

There have been enormous advances over the last decade in our understanding of cognitive function, particularly aspects of memory, language and attention, but these have not been made accessible to clinicians. This book aims to incorporate these advances in theory into clinical practice and to provide a practical approach to cognitive valuation at the bedside,

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There have been enormous advances over the last decade in our understanding of cognitive function, particularly aspects of memory, language and attention, but these have not been made accessible to clinicians. This book aims to incorporate these advances in theory into clinical practice and to provide a practical approach to cognitive valuation at the bedside, based on methods developed at the Cambridge clinic over the past 15 years. Designed primarily for neurologists, psychiatrists and geriatricians in training who require a practical guide to assessing higher mental function, the book will also be of interest to clinical psychologists. In this long-awaited second edition, John Hodges has substantially re-organized and expanded on the original text. The book includes a new chapter devoted to the Revised Version of the Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination (ACE-R), with a description of its uses and limitations along with normative data. Given the importance of the early detection of dementia a chapter is dedicated to this topic which draws on advances over the past decade. Several new illustrative case histories have also been added and all of the case descriptions have been orientated around the use of the ACE-R in clinical practice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192629760
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/21/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
976,444
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1Distributed cognitive functions1
A general theoretical framework1
Attention/concentration2
Memory5
Higher-order cognitive function, personality, and behaviour19
Delirium25
Dementia32
2Localized cognitive functions44
Language45
Disorders of reading - the dyslexias61
Disorders of writing - the dysgraphias65
Syndromes of calculating impairment68
Disorders of praxis - the apraxias70
Damage to specialized right hemisphere functions72
Unilateral neglect74
Dressing apraxia78
Constructional ability78
Complex visuo-perceptual abilities - the agnosias79
3Cognitive history-taking and tips on physical examination89
The patient interview89
The informant interview100
Family history102
Past medical history103
Alcohol intake103
Tips on physical examination104
4Testing cognitive functions at the bedside108
General observations108
Orientation and attention109
Memory112
Frontal executive functions112
Dominant (left) hemisphere function123
Language124
Reading129
Writing131
Calculation132
Apraxia133
Right hemisphere functions133
Neglect phenomena133
Dressing apraxia139
Constructional ability139
Complex visuo-perceptual abilities and the agnosias140
Checklist for testing cognitive function144
5Illustrative cases155
6Standardized mental test schedules: their uses and abuses183
Introduction183
Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE)185
Information-Memory-Concentration Test: American modification by Fuld188
Hodkinson Mental Test190
Dementia Rating Scale (DRS)191
Cambridge Cognitive Examination: CAMCOG193
Appendix: Neuropsychological tests196
Selected further reading229
Index231

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