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Dementia Care: Patient, Family, and Community

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Edited by Mace Nancy L.. . 392 pages. The Johns Hopkins University Press; , Baltimore: , 1989.. $34.50.

Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(2):175-176. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-113-2-175_4
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Perhaps no more devastating illness exists than dementia. The progressive erosion of the person undergoing a dementia process is painful to observe. The lack of a specific cure has bewildered doctors and families. Yet much is known about the care of these patients, and much can be offered to mitigate their suffering. The lengthy course and progressive disabling nature of dementia mean that each patient requires a variety of services.

Mace, with an able group of contributors, offers a comprehensive look at interdisciplinary care. The book is divided into three parts, the first describing patient-related problems, the second discussing family




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