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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: There has been enormous growth in the understanding of the neuroscience of aging, both in normal and abnormal states, and this third edition of a classic textbook of geriatric neuropsychiatry is emblematic of the knowledge explosion in the field. This new edition remains comprehensive, although somewhat shorter than previous editions, and continues to present the state of the field. Again edited and authored by internationally recognized researcher-clinicians, it is an exceptionally valuable contribution to this field.
Purpose: The book, according to the editors, "bridges the fields of geriatric neurology and geriatric psychiatry, and it emphasizes the relationships that exist between neuropsychiatric illness and aging of the nervous system." The editors have again succeeded in their goal with this outstanding third edition!
Audience: The intended audience is healthcare professionals, including psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, geriatricians, and other clinicians, who desire to understand and manage behavioral disorders of the elderly based on neuroscientific principles. As I stated in the review of the second edition, this should be mandatory reading for residents in geriatric psychiatry and neuropsychiatry/behavioral neurology training programs.
Features: This edition has 786 pages (reduced from the second edition's 1,000 pages) divided into four sections and 29 chapters. Section I is an overview of geriatric psychiatry and neuropsychiatry with discussions of epidemiology and the neurobiology of aging. In section II neuropsychiatric assessment is discussed, including neuropsychological evaluation and brain imaging. Section III features up-to-date chapters on pharmacotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy, and psychological treatments. Both sections III and IV cover neuropsychiatric aspects of psychiatric and neurological disorders in the elderly. Each chapter ends with up-to-date and useful references. The book ends with a useful index section.
Assessment: The third edition of this book remains an outstanding contribution to the field. Clinicians and researchers as well as trainees will, without a doubt, benefit from reading and referring to this book.