Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Charles C Wang, MD, MS (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This pocket-sized pamphlet illustrates succinctly the current diagnosis and management of dementing disorders, especially Alzheimer's disease.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a resource for the primary care physician who is increasingly responsible for the diagnosis and management of the majority of dementing diseases. This is a worthy objective, which the author meets.
Audience: The audience includes primary care physicians, residents, including neurology residents, geriatrics physicians and students, and nurse practioners who care for the dementing patients. Even the patient's family may benefit from this manual. The author is a credible authority in this field.
Features: The book includes the basic knowledge necessary for diagnosis and management of the dementing illiness, including the definition, evaluation, epidemiology, neuropathology, risk factors, diagnostic criteria, current therapies, social and family issues. The book's size makes it suitable for carrying in a pocket, hence increasing its utility. Despite its small size, the contains a lot of data that is essential for clinical diagnosis and management of dementing dieases.
Assessment: The book briefly describes the current diagnosis and management of dementing diseases. Special attention is paid to Alzheimer's diease. The content is easy to access. It is especially good for primary care physician residents and students. The patient's family and caregivers also may find it useful.