Description: The book is a multiauthored, edited volume divided into four major sections: degenerative diseases that cause dementia; scientific advances; treatment; and controversies in dementia.
Purpose: It is intended to provide current state-of-knowledge reviews on the diagnosis, causation, and treatment of dementia.
Audience: Neurologists, geriatricians, and general internists are the audience.
Features: This book contains 17 highly scholarly, highly detailed, and rigorously referenced reviews. Sadly, with a few notable exceptions, they make for very difficult reading. The chapters on Pick's disease, frontal dementia, and cytoskeletal abnormalities in Alzheimer's disease are especially readable. This book is terse and fact-filled. It is not easy reading and it represents the unedited and unrefereed views of over 30 authorities in the field. To the less sophisticated, a chapter on Pick's disease next to a chapter on frontal dementia is confusing, as is a chapter on Lewy body dementia next to a chapter on Parkinsonian dementia syndromes.
Assessment: Clinicians interested in dementia may wish to look at Khachaturian's Alzheimer's Disease: Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Care (CRC Press, 1996) or Folstein's Neurobiology of Primary Dementia (American Psychiatric Press, 1998). The more sophisticated student of dementia can obtain sustenance here, but the food is tough.