by Patrick McNamara, Editor


It is estimated that more than five million Americans suffer from the various forms of dementia. While dementia is most common among the elderly, it can affect anyone in the adult population. Unfortunately, most dementias currently cannot be reversed, but breakthroughs in the genetics are yielding new insights.

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March 2011


Pages 823
Volumes 3
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Health & Wellness/Diseases and Conditions

This three-volume collection of essays provides a comprehensive review of state-of-the-art clinical phenomenology, mechanisms, and treatment strategies for the major dementias—particularly the neuropsychiatric disorders involved.

Dementia presents a very significant problem: a recent study by Alzheimer's Disease International estimates that the number of people with dementia worldwide will exceed 35 million by 2050. Neuropsychiatric disorders of the dementias are a major source of stress for the family members of those afflicted and a primary reason for nursing home placement, resulting in the high cost of treatment for every major dementia.

Dementia is the first comprehensive treatment of neuropsychiatric approaches to both onset and treatment of the major dementias. Within these three volumes, leading experts on brain science and research explain details, developments, and emerging treatments for one of the most widespread, devastating disorders worldwide—dementia. This title provides mechanistic accounts of dementia onset that take into account neuropsychiatric disorders of dementia and reviews of the latest treatments for both patient and caregivers.


  • Contains contributions from leading international authorities in the science and treatment of dementias
  • Most essays provide drawings, figures, and tables that clearly depict content matter
  • A bibliography of the latest scientific sources accompanies each topic


  • Provides the most up-to-date science on mechanisms and treatment strategies for the dementias
  • Incorporates the most current research on caregivers of people with dementia
  • Covers the major neuropsychiatric disorders of the dementias systematically in both men and women, and with regard to cross-cultural aspects of the dementias
Author Info

Patrick McNamara is associate professor of neurology and psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA. McNamara has over 15 years of experience working directly with patients with Parkinson's disease and has written extensively on the neuropsychiatry of Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative and dementing disorders. His published works include over 40 scientific papers in major journals regarding Parkinson's disease.



"This reference set presents advances in dementia that behavioral scientists have made since they adopted techniques
used by evolutionary biologists. . . . Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners."Choice

"This three-volume set provides comprehensive and informative coverage of behavioral, neuropsychological, neuroscientific, and psychopharmacological approaches to the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of one of the most devastating illnesses facing an aging world population. . . . The set presents cutting-edge research and thoughtful summary and analyses of dementia; therefore, it will be of great value as well to experts in the field."PsycCRITIQUES

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