Encyclopedia of Alzheimer's Disease; With Directories of Research, Treatment and Care Facilities, 2d ed.

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The second edition contains updated resources, research institution information and a listing of treatment and care facilities in the United States. Additions to the encyclopedia section include advances in Alzheimer's disease research, genetics, diagnostic procedures, treatment, alternative medicine, brain plasticity, risk factors, clinical trial information, nursing home safety, and preventive measures. In addition the book describes medical treatments used in other countries and the results of collaborative ...

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Overview

The second edition contains updated resources, research institution information and a listing of treatment and care facilities in the United States. Additions to the encyclopedia section include advances in Alzheimer's disease research, genetics, diagnostic procedures, treatment, alternative medicine, brain plasticity, risk factors, clinical trial information, nursing home safety, and preventive measures. In addition the book describes medical treatments used in other countries and the results of collaborative efforts such as the recent global imaging test initiatives and the Prevent Alzheimer's Disease by 2020 Project.

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Intending their work as a "comprehensive reference…for anyone involved in the care, treatment, and day-to-day concerns of patients with Alzheimer's and related disorders," immunohematology and toxicology professional Elaine A. Moore and Lisa Moore (coauthor with Elaine A. Moore, Graves' Disease: A Practical Guide) provide technical information to "those interested in learning more about the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to both early and late onset Alzheimer's disease." The brief, cross-referenced entries, which range from a single sentence (e.g., "Abeta") to a whole page (e.g., "Amyloid Beta Protein") often resemble dictionary entries more than encyclopedia articles. Black-and-white illustrations enhance some articles (e.g., "Cognitive Assessment" includes a diagram of the brain with a flow chart of the learning/thought process). The presentation is uneven, as some entries, for example that on Apolipoprotein A (APOA), are written in heavily scientific jargon while others are written for lay readers. Information on prevention, holistic therapies, novel theories, and treatment centers have been expanded in this second edition. The detailed index covers encyclopedia entries, research facilities, and treatment centers. While this book's usefulness for all patrons could be improved by longer, more detailed entries and a simplification of the scientific language, it will be of interest to anyone looking for a current bibliography, a list of research centers, or a (partial) list of experienced treatment facilities. The articles will be of special assistance to entry-level health-care students in need of basic scientific explanations. VERDICT Despite the brief technical entries, this book fills a niche that none of the hundreds of other Alzheimer's titles cover. Recommended.—Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786464586
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/20/2012
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 557
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine A. Moore has worked in hospital laboratories for more than 30 years, primarily in immunohematology and toxicology. She is a freelance medical writer and laboratory consultant. For more information, visit her website at www.elaine-moore.com . She lives in Sedalia, Colorado. Lisa Moore lives in Atlanta, Georgia where she works for the federal government.

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  • Posted January 28, 2013

    The bulk of this newly updated reference work is comprised of tw

    The bulk of this newly updated reference work is comprised of two parts, roughly equal in length. The first half is an alphabetical listing of terms dealing with Alzheimer’s disease itself, along with definitions/explanations of concepts in many related areas, such as treatments (“Chelation Therapy”), drugs (Memantine”), brain anatomy/physiology (“Hypothalamus”), notable individuals involved in research ( “Alzheimer, Alois,”), organizations (“National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center”) and other pertinent subjects.
    Entries contain much useful, solid and up-to-date information, however, readers should be aware that there is a fair amount of “medicalese” to contend with. The article on “Brain,” for example, contains the following passage: “Similar to the spinal cord, the brain is surrounded by three meninges, the dura mater, the arachnoid mater, and the pia mater” (page 35). For anyone lacking medical training, this type of language only serves to confuse, rather than enlighten. While the reader may flip to the entry entitled “Meninges of the Brain” on page 116 to discover that the previous article was discussing the three separate membranes that envelop and protect the brain, it is time-consuming and frustrating to have to consult multiple articles when looking for a quick answer to a question. Clearer explanations of purely medical terminology would be greatly appreciated for any future editions. To this book’s credit, numerous well-drawn black-and-white sketches illustrate physical/anatomical items covered herein.
    The second half of this volume consists of a directory of “Long Term and Day Care Treatment Centers, By State,” i.e., “…a list of nursing homes in the United States that accommodate individuals with Alzheimer’s disease” (page 183). Full contact information is given for each facility, along with the number of beds, current licensure, level of care provided and other details. Entries are alphabetically arranged by state, and then by city within each state.
    Rounding out this volume is a listing of health care and academic institutions involved in Alzheimer’s research, such as clinical trials, and a very helpful “Resources” section, which is a bibliography of print/electronic material regarding not only Alzheimer’s disease itself, but also attendant issues, such as diet and nutrition, care for the caregiver, legal assistance and much else of value.
    Elaine Moore is a freelance medical writer and laboratory consultant with over three decades of experience in writing and research and this is reflected in the authoritative tone of the articles in this volume. While perhaps more recondite than the Facts on File entry in this field, The Encyclopedia of Alzheimer’s Disease, 2nd ed., by Turkington, Mitchell and Galvin of 2010, the McFarland title is nevertheless the most current and comprehensive and is therefore recommended for purchase by all public and academic libraries.

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