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Everything You Need to Know about Old Age Psychiatry

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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Overview

First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Kenneth Mays, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book can be described as a comprehensive review and update of the causes of mental illness among the geriatric population. It also includes a comprehensive review of both treatment and management strategies.
Purpose: The purpose, as specified in the preface, is "...to provide a current and comprehensive digest of the areas whose rapid development will most affect our work as old age psychiatrists." These is an excellent objective. This book and many more like it are desperately needed. In as far as providing the reader with "everything you need to know," I believe the author has done an admirable job and has meet his objectives. There are some topics about which I would want to know more, though.
Audience: The audience is limited to those in the fields of geriatric medicine, geriatric and general psychiatry, and geriatric healthcare specialists. For others, I believe this text would be ponderous and difficult to follow despite its concise nature. A factor that may prove a deterrent to the audience is the rather high cost.
Features: In a very broad sense, the topics in this book achieve just what the title promises — to provide readers with everything they need to know. Each topic simply informs without any one topic having any greater or lesser value. Because it is concise, it is a quick read for its target audience and, more importantly, it can be quickly memorized/internalized and thus applied in clinical practice. If someone wants more, the references are right there to guide the reader.
Assessment: This book is informative and gives the sense that the reader is getting the latest information on geriatric psychiatry. Very likely, I will be quoting from this text and using it when teaching medical students and residents. I would definitely recommend it to others.
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Reviewer: Kenneth Mays, MD(Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book can be described as a comprehensive review and update of the causes of mental illness among the geriatric population. It also includes a comprehensive review of both treatment and management strategies.
Purpose: The purpose, as specified in the preface, is "...to provide a current and comprehensive digest of the areas whose rapid development will most affect our work as old age psychiatrists." These is an excellent objective. This book and many more like it are desperately needed. In as far as providing the reader with "everything you need to know," I believe the author has done an admirable job and has meet his objectives. There are some topics about which I would want to know more, though.
Audience: The audience is limited to those in the fields of geriatric medicine, geriatric and general psychiatry, and geriatric healthcare specialists. For others, I believe this text would be ponderous and difficult to follow despite its concise nature. A factor that may prove a deterrent to the audience is the rather high cost.
Features: In a very broad sense, the topics in this book achieve just what the title promises — to provide readers with everything they need to know. Each topic simply informs without any one topic having any greater or lesser value. Because it is concise, it is a quick read for its target audience and, more importantly, it can be quickly memorized/internalized and thus applied in clinical practice. If someone wants more, the references are right there to guide the reader.
Assessment: This book is informative and gives the sense that the reader is getting the latest information on geriatric psychiatry. Very likely, I will be quoting from this text and using it when teaching medical students and residents. I would definitely recommend it to others.
Kenneth Mays
This book can be described as a comprehensive review and update of the causes of mental illness among the geriatric population. It also includes a comprehensive review of both treatment and management strategies. The purpose, as specified in the preface, is "...to provide a current and comprehensive digest of the areas whose rapid development will most affect our work as old age psychiatrists." These is an excellent objective. This book and many more like it are desperately needed. In as far as providing the reader with "everything you need to know," I believe the author has done an admirable job and has meet his objectives. There are some topics about which I would want to know more, though. The audience is limited to those in the fields of geriatric medicine, geriatric and general psychiatry, and geriatric healthcare specialists. For others, I believe this text would be ponderous and difficult to follow despite its concise nature. A factor that may prove a deterrent to the audience is the rather high cost. In a very broad sense, the topics in this book achieve just what the title promises—to provide readers with everything they need to know. Each topic simply informs without any one topic having any greater or lesser value. Because it is concise, it is a quick read for its target audience and, more importantly, it can be quickly memorized/internalized and thus applied in clinical practice. If someone wants more, the references are right there to guide the reader. This book is informative and gives the sense that the reader is getting the latest information on geriatric psychiatry. Very likely, I will be quoting from this text and using it when teaching medical studentsand residents. I would definitely recommend it to others.
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Acknowledging that the title is hyperbolic, this digest by 19 UK contributors is still quite comprehensive in its treatment of laboratory-to-clinical aspects of the dementias, the issue of physician-assisted suicide, and current models and management of functional disorders in the elderly (depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, and panic). Particulars of the British residential care system and even preference for the term "old" over "geriatric" do not apply elsewhere. Based on a course at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. Distributed in the US by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781871816389
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
I The Dementias: Laboratory to Clinic 1
1 Molecular Biology of Alzheimer's Disease 3
2 Risk Factors for Alzheimer's Disease 17
3 Clinical Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease 31
4 Dementia with Lewy Bodies: Recent Developments 45
5 Vascular Disease, Cognitive Impairment and Dementia 55
6 Prions 73
II The Dementias: Treatments and Ethical Considerations 91
7 Drug Treatments for the Cognitive Symptoms of Dementia 93
8 The Importance of Being an Old Age Psychiatrist 107
9 Residential Care: Quality and Costs 119
10 The Old Age Forensic Psychiatrist 133
11 Assisted Death in Dementia: The Case for Accelerated Deaths 147
12 Assisted Death in Dementia and the Old Age Psychiatrist 157
III Management of Functional Disorders 169
13 Making Sense of Antidepressants 171
14 Approaches to Treatment-Resistant Depression in the Elderly 187
15 Advances in Electroconvulsive Therapy in the Elderly 201
16 The Anxiety-Stress Model and its Implications for the Rational Treatment of Anxiety and Panic in Old Age 211
17 Novel Antipsychotics in the Treatment of Late-Life Schizophrenia-Like Psychoses 243
18 Psychodynamic Aspects of Old Age Psychiatry 253
19 Family Therapy with Older Adults 267
Index 285
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