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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a multiauthored work on caring for persons with dementing illnesses through use of team-based memory disorder clinics.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive discussion of the team approach to care of demented older persons. This book is urgently needed because of the burgeoning population of demented older persons.
Audience: All healthcare professionals dealing with demented individuals on an outpatient basis comprise the audience for the book. The editors and contributors are all leading experts in the field.
Features: This book gives a thorough discussion of organizing a memory disorders clinic, including a chapter on information management. The chapter on language disorders in demented persons is quite good. There is no discussion here of the nutritional evaluation of demented persons.
Assessment: Many books on clinical care of the demented focus on institutional care. This book offers a unique and valuable contribution to the field by examining the outpatient approach to caring for persons with dementing illnesses. The book is practical, thorough, and in depth. Any healthcare organization wishing to develop a memory disorders clinic will find this book an invaluable reference. Every medical library should possess this book.