Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (Book)

Randolph, Jerry L.
February 1991
Health & Social Work;Feb1991, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p79
Academic Journal
This article presents information on the book "Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders," edited by Richard Mayeux, Barry Gurland, Virginia W. Barrett, Austin H. Kutscher, Lucien Cote and Zetta H. Putter. This is a short, very readable text edited by six people, with contributions by 35. What is interesting is that the editors and authors have produced a volume that is uneven but that presents some useful information. The book is divided into three sections: "The Effects of Alzheimer's Disease," "Approaches to Care," and "Issues for Families and Other Caregivers." Section one is geared toward professionals unexposed to patients with Alzheimer's disease. The section provides a format for understanding Alzheimer's disease as a progressive disease, the predictable stages, and the predictable reactions of family and others toward the patient. Section two comprises chapters ranging from a description of a program for multidisciplinary team training for geriatric staff to a philosophical piece on mind-brain dualism. Section three is no more balanced than the rest of the book.


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