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Dementia: A Clinical Approach

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Second edition. Cummings Jeffrey L., Benson D. Frank. . 548 pages. Boston: : Butterworth-Heinemann; ; 1992.; $95.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(4):351. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-117-4-351_2
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The "lack of an intellectual challenge" in the diagnosis and treatment of dementia is a frequently cited reason for internists' disinterest in geriatrics. Many internists experiencing the thrill and challenge of other subspecialties, dismiss geriatrics because they falsely assume all mentally abnormal older people can be subsumed under the single diagnosis of "dementia due to Alzheimer disease." However, the second edition of Dementia provides extensive evidence of the intellectual rigor required in the diagnosis, treatment, and care of dementia. In a comprehensive, almost encyclopedic review, Cummings and Benson have also aptly distilled and interpreted the complex, specialized neuropsychiatrie literature for




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