Dementia Reconsidered: The Person Comes First

Front Cover
Open University Press, Jan 1, 1997 - Psychology - 160 pages
1 Review
Tom Kitwood breaks new ground in this book. Many of the older ideas about dementia are subjected to critical scrutiny and reappraisal, drawing on research evidence, logical analysis and the author's own experience. The unifying theme is the personhood of men and women who have dementia - an issue that was grossly neglected for many years both in psychiatry and care practice. Each chapter provides a definitive statement on a major topic related to dementia, for example: the nature of 'organic mental impairment', the experience of dementia, the agenda for care practice, and the transformation of the culture of care.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - EunKo - LibraryThing

As seen in the title, this book justifies how important it is to treat an individual with dementia as a unique person with dignity, rather than an object of treatment. The book was written almost 20 years ago, but it is still valuable. Read full review


Dementia as a psychiatric category
How personhood is undermined
Personhood maintained

6 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1997)

Tom Kitwood is currently the Leader of Bradford Dementia Group and Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Bradford. He has worked with and for people with dementia for over ten years, and has a rich experience also in training related to dementia care. His many publications in this field are widely known.

Bibliographic information