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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: In this compact yet comprehensive handbook the diagnosis, work-up, and management of dementia are all covered. Written and edited by clinicians in the field, this book is a valuable contribution to this field.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the authors, is to help clinicians faced with the task of investigating a patient with suspected dementia. "Since there are no simple tests, an accurate diagnosis requires experience, clinical skills, the ability to integrate results from a range of tests, and the judicious application of clinical diagnostic criteria." This handbook guides the clinician through this process.
Audience: The intended audience is clinicians who work with patients who have dementing disorders. It would also be useful to neurologists, psychiatrists, residents in psychiatry and neurology, primary care physicians, and psychologists.
Features: The book features 116 pages divided into three sections. The first section is a guide through the tools and tests needed to make a diagnosis. In the second section the various dementing disorders are covered in detail. In the third section management is explored, including sections on supporting the caregiver, management of behavioral problems, and treatment of specific disease states. The book ends with a reference and index section.
Assessment: This is a valuable and useful pocketbook with a focus on dementia. I highly recommend it for the busy clinician.