Dementia Handbook

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Written by a leading psychiatrist and two leading neurologists, this book is a step-by-step guide for medical personnel investigating cases of suspected dementia, whether of the Alzheimer's type or dementia associated with atrial fibrillation. In this rapidly developing field, the three divisions of tools, diagnosis and management turn this normally complex subject into one that can easily be navigated. Up-to-date references and an appendix of voluntary organisations and support services make this into a ...
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Overview

Written by a leading psychiatrist and two leading neurologists, this book is a step-by-step guide for medical personnel investigating cases of suspected dementia, whether of the Alzheimer's type or dementia associated with atrial fibrillation. In this rapidly developing field, the three divisions of tools, diagnosis and management turn this normally complex subject into one that can easily be navigated. Up-to-date references and an appendix of voluntary organisations and support services make this into a comprehensive and essential reference.

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some two-color illustrations.

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Reviewer: 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.
Michael J. Schrift
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. 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. 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. 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. This is a valuable and useful pocketbook with a focus on dementia. I highly recommend it for the busy clinician.
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A practical guide for the entire medical team working in the areas of neurology, old age psychiatry, and primary care. Section I describes tools clinicians need to make a diagnosis of dementia, with chapters on routine investigations through highly specialized tests. Section II concerns diagnosis of major degenerative dementias and some less commonly encountered dementias. Epidemiology and clinical presentations are summarized for each type. Section III covers management, and includes chapters on supporting caregivers and management of behavioral problems. Harvey is an Alzheimer's Disease Society Research Fellow in the Dementia Research Group at the Institute of Neurology, London. Distributed by Blackwell Science. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853177538
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/13/1999
  • Edition description: POCKET
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Tools
Summary 3
History 5
Clinical examination 7
Psychiatric assessment 13
Neuropsychological examination 17
Blood tests 25
Systemic investigations 29
Neuroimaging 31
Neurophysiology 39
Examination of the cerebrospinal fluid 41
Diagnostic genetic testing 45
Biopsy 49
Diagnosis
Introduction 53
The major causes of dementia 55
Less common causes of dementia 65
Rare causes of dementia 71
Management
Support 77
Behavioural problems 83
Management of specific dementias 91
References 97
Appendix - Voluntary organisations and support services 103
Index 107
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