The Dementias: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Research / Edition 3

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Confusion. Fear. Isolation. This is the human experience of dementing illness, and it is at the heart of this practical, informative volume by a broad range of clinically grounded experts.

This book is designed to meet the needs of clinicians dealing with persons with dementing illness and to serve as an introduction to the pathophysiology of dementing illness and a resource for clinical investigators.

The giant strides in dementia research since the publication of the first edition in 1991 have generated optimism that we will soon be able to delay onset and even prevent these diseases that devastate both patients and caregivers. This third edition has been revised, updated, and expanded to cover changes in the classification, management and treatment of dementing illnesses and to give a more extensive account of basic and clinical research findings. At the same time, this remarkable volume indicates the interaction of the patient's personality, the caregiver, and the environment with the pathophysiology of dementing illnesses that creates the variety of symptoms accompanying these illnesses and impacting their treatment.

Like the second edition, this third edition has three sections, flowing from diagnosis through management/treatment to research. New to this edition are • A world-class presentation on the molecular and genetic basis of Alzheimer's disease• A beautifully illustrated chapter on contemporary neuroimaging• Discussions of mild cognitive impairment, the frontotemporal dementias, and the dementias associated with Lewy bodies

This third edition is exceptionally valuable for addressing the day-to-day challenges of dealing effectively and humanely with persons with dementing illness. Case examples are used in the chapters on psychological/behavioral and drug management to indicate practical approaches to maintaining patients at their optimal level of function. Unlike similar texts, this volume also reviews legal and ethical issues in the care of persons with dementing illness and shows how clinicians and caregivers how to mobilize community resources. Extensive reference lists round out each chapter. The book concludes with 11 assessment guides and rating scales and an index.

Now more than ever, there is hope that advances in understanding dementing illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease will lead to their effective treatment, and ultimately to their prevention. Until then, clinicians, families, and society will continue to be faced with the challenges posed by these illnesses -- making this book a "must read" for physicians and other health care professionals, whether in training, in practice, or engaged in clinical research.

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Editorial Reviews

William W. Beatty

In summary, this book will be a valuable reference for physicians and psychologists who treat the elderly. It will be particularly useful as a text for interns, residents, and fellows in psychiatry, neurology, geriatric medicine, and neuropsychology.

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Daniel Loiterstein, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is the third edition of a book that covers the diagnosis and treatment of the dementias and summarizes current research in the field. Since the first edition was published in 1991, the state-of-the-art information about dementia has changed significantly. Much of that new knowledge is contained in this book.
Purpose: According to the authors, the purpose is to provide a comprehensive book about dementia. The focus is geared toward practical management of dementia and its most troubling manifestations. This book is needed. Demographic trends point to increased numbers of elderly worldwide, and the burden of dementia is expected to coincide with this trend. The authors meet their goals in writing a clinical book aimed at helping practitioners care for these patients.
Audience: Full appreciation of the book requires background knowledge and experience with dementia patients. Although published by American Psychiatric Publishing, this book would appeal to nonpsychiatrists as well as psychiatrists. The editors are leaders in the field of dementia and they draw on a diverse group of experts to write the individual chapters.
Features: The book presents a broad review of our current understanding of dementia. Although comprehensive chapters on advanced neuroimaging and molecular genetics are included, the foundation is primarily composed of clinically relevant material. Included in the appendix are clinical tools to aid in diagnosis and evaluation. In addition, national support organizations and other resources are incorporated.
Assessment: This is an essential reference for those who treat dementia. The new edition effectively updates current progress in the care of patients with dementia.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585620432
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 596
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Myron F. Weiner, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry, Associate Professor of Neurology, Aradine S. Ard Chair in Brain Science, and Dorothy L. and John P. Harbin Chair in Alzheimer's Disease Research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Anne M. Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

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Table of Contents

Clinical diagnosis of cognitive dysfunction and dementing illness. Dementing illness as a psychobiological process. Medical evaluation. Neuroimaging. Differential diagnosis. Psychological and behavioral management. Drugs for behavioral, psychological, and cognitive symptoms. Evaluation of cognitive functions. Supporting family caregivers and patients. Legal and ethical aspects. Mobilizing community resources. Nursing care for persons with cognitive impairment. Structuring environments for persons with cognitive impairment. Advances in the molecular and genetic basis of Alzheimer's disease. Advances in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Appendix A: Dementia Questionnaire. Appendix B: mental status examination. Appendix C: neurological examination. Appendix D: blessed dementia rating scale. Appendix E: Washington University clinical dementia rating scale. Appendix F: Alzheimer's disease assessment scale. Appendix G: neuropsychiatric inventory. Appendix H: agitated behavior in dementia scale. Appendix I: quality of life in Alzheimer's disease scale. Appendix J: quality of life in dementia scale. Appendix K: resources. Index.

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