Delirium in the Elderly / Edition 1

Delirium in the Elderly / Edition 1

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Oxford University Press, USA


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Delirium in the Elderly / Edition 1

This book provides a comprehensive, scholarly, and practical account of delirium for all doctors involved in the care of the elderly. Delirium is defined as an acute or subacute non-specific response of the brain to a wide variety of physical and psychological causes that are nearly always treatable. However, problems arise if the underlying trauma is not identified and corrected, or if the delirious state itself is badly managed or misdiagnosed. In some cases, elderly people may be rendered delirious by their own doctors through haphazard prescribing, inappropriate admission to the hospital, or as a result of surgery. Since our population is aging, the proper identification, assessment, management, and prevention of delirium is essential for the efficient use of health resources. This book will be an invaluable sourcebook for psychologists, gerontologists, psychiatrists, and physicians.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192618627
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/17/1991
Series: Oxford Medical Publications
Pages: 132
Product dimensions: 6.31(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

all at United Medical and Dental Schools, (Guy's Campus), London

Table of Contents

1. The Concept of Delirium

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