The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry

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Dan German Blazer, David C. Steffens, Ewald W. Busse
American Psychiatric Pub., 2004 - Medical - 567 pages
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Along with dramatic increases in our elderly population has come a virtual explosion of scientific knowledge about aging and the diseases of late life. This new knowledge, combined with advances in biological psychiatry and neuropsychiatry, has transformed the practice of geriatric psychiatry today.

Considered the standard in its field, this Textbookis designed to provide both scholar and clinician with the current state of scientific understanding and the practical skills and knowledge base required for understanding mental disorders in late life. This volume's 54 scholars represent an eclectic mix of distinguished psychiatrists and colleagues from relevant biomedical and behavioral disciplines.

Covering both important psychiatric disorders and normal ageing changes, all 32 chapters of this popular compendium have been scientifically reviewed and updated, with seven new chapters that examine the neuropsychological assessment of dementia; movement disorders in the elderly; personality disorders; agitation and suspiciousness; electroconvulsive therapy; working with the family of the older adult; and legal, ethical, and policy issues.

Divided into five major parts, the Textbook'stopics begin with the basic science of geriatric psychiatry, continue with the diagnostic interview and psychiatric disorders and treatment, and conclude with coverage of legal, ethical, and policy issues and the past and future of geriatric psychiatry.

Meticulously indexed, this volume is intended primarily for psychiatrists and other health professionals interested in and committed to older adults. It will also prove valuable in the classroom for students and residents—and exceptionally valuable to candidates seeking board certification in geriatrics.

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Demography and Epidemiology of Psychiatric Disorders
Physiological and Clinical Considerations of Geriatric Patient Care
Neuroanatomy Neurophysiology and Neuropathology of Aging

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Dan F. Blazer, M.D., Ph.D.,is J. P. Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

David C. Steffens, M.D., M.H.S.,is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

Ewald W. Busse, M.D., Sc.D.,was President Emeritus at North Carolina Institute of Medicine; Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Dean Emeritus of Medical & Allied Health Education at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

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