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Memory Loss: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (Expert Consult Title: Online + Print)

Memory Loss: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (Expert Consult Title: Online + Print) by Paul R. Solomon PhD,Andrew E. Budson MD

ISBN10: 1416035974
ISBN13: 978-1416035978
Author: Paul R. Solomon PhD,Andrew E. Budson MD
Book title: Memory Loss: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (Expert Consult Title: Online + Print)
Publisher: Saunders; 1 edition (July 14, 2011)
Language: English
Category: Medicine & Health Sciences
Size PDF: 1783 kb
Size ePub: 1606 kb
Size Fb2: 1100 kb
Rating: 4.7/5
Votes: 322
Pages: 320 pages

Memory Loss: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (Expert Consult Title: Online + Print) by Paul R. Solomon PhD,Andrew E. Budson MD

Memory Loss combines expert guidance, case studies, and diagnostic tests to help you effectively diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and other common dementias. Drs. Andrew E. Budson and Paul R. Solomon cover the essentials of physical and cognitive examinations, laboratory and imaging studies, and the latest treatment approaches. The practical text, diagnostic tests, and online access to a downloadable image bank at www.expertconsult.com are the tools you need to consistently make accurate diagnoses.

Access the fully searchable text online at expertconsult.com, along with a downloadable image bank.

Confidently diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s disease and other common dementias through in-depth coverage of clinically useful diagnostic tests and the latest treatment approaches.

Tap into the expertise of key leaders in the field for clear and practical guidance.

See how to evaluate and manage both common and uncommon conditions with a full range of detailed case studies.

Confirm your diagnoses easily with diagnostic tests.

Carry the book with you and consult it conveniently thanks to its compact, portable format.

A practical guide mirroring clinical workflow intended to be used as a tool for accurately diagnosing dementia for all clinicians. Includes case studies and tests.


Great summation of things to look for in dementia differential diagnosis or a patient and how to provide social support for the family and patient in instances where there isn't a neurologist, case manager, and social worker easily accessible/available. Discusses treatment options and treatments to avoid.

Full of great information!

As usual, Paul Solomon's work is excellent, up to date, readable (except in Kindle where the charts lose their meaning) and a great source for those in the field of dementia. I have a hard copy as well as Kindle and gave up on the 'modern' version.

As a Family Practice physician my practice has an ever increasing amount of elderly patients. Diagnosing and treating dementia has become a daily occurrence and shows no signs of slowing. "Memory Loss: A Practical Guide for Clinicians" has literally become my bible in the work up of patients with dementia or other memory changes.
The book is far and away the best organized, most practical, and most comprehensive resource I have seen in nearly 20 years of practice for evaluation and treatment of dementia and memory problems. Dr. Budson and Dr. Solomon cover EVERY aspect the practicing clinician should be familiar with when dealing with memory problems. One thing that struck me the most about the book was how incredibly easy it is to find the information one might be searching for. The chapters are very concise in the topic or topics each covers and there is extensive cross referencing throughout. The index is very thorough also. These factors alone should be enough to make any time-strapped physician or medical student want to have this book for reference.
The book is extensively researched (over 6 years in the making from what I gather) and contains excellent "evidence based" conclusions and recommendations. There is, however, ample theoretical musing to satisfy the academic yearning that most physicians still retain to some degree. Don't worry if you have lost your "theory and discussion" predilection, though. The down and dirty diagnosis and treatment of memory problems is still the hallmark of this book. It is phenomenal that two of America's top experts in memory and Alzheimer's are able to write so "understandably" for us non-experts without diluting the content (or "dumbing it down", if you will).
In addition to sorting through various pharmaceutical treatments for dementia (which is to be expected in any clinical guide) this book is exceptionally detailed and helpful in the initial approach to a patient with possible dementia. There is an extensive section on the "Differential Diagnosis of Memory Loss" which explains, contrasts, and compares various memory disorders. This section does a tremendous job of guiding the Non-Neurologist through the various subtle and not so subtle differences between types of memory loss/cognitive function. There are detailed explanations of various in-office cognitive tests and discussion of the particular limitations and strong points of each.
Perhaps the most important aspect of the book are the sections devoted to the psychological/social/legal/financial issues that accompany dementia and loss of memory/cognition. Most of us have seen the absolutely devastating effects these terrible maladies can have on friends, family, and loved ones of a patient. Most of us, though, are ill equipped to answer most of the questions that families ask us about these topics. The authors do an outstanding job of sorting through most of the problems/questions the average clinician will be faced with. If it isn't answered directly in the book there is at least a guideline of how to get started finding the answers needed.
I heartily recommend this book to any and all practicing clinicians and medical students. As our population ages we will indeed see a very large increase in the number of patients with Alzheimer's or other memory problems. This book will serve as an outstanding reference on such matters for years to come. I have not seen a book on dementia/memory problems even close to being as useful as this one has been to me. Five stars all the way!
Dale E. Haverstick, MD
American Board of Family Practice, Certified
St. Louis University School of Medicine '92
Haverford College '88

Memory Loss: A Practical Guide for Clinicians is a comprehensive resource that provides detailed profiles of various disorders that cause memory loss. The authors provide information by way of combining their clinical experience with a research basis. It is an all-inclusive resource for individuals that have a role in working with older adults and those with memory loss, from specialists and primary care physicians, to social workers, students, and caregivers. Sophisticated information is described in very understandable language. The quickstart guides, that provide a quick overview of a topic area in the beginning of a chapter, are extremely useful for quick reference. The authors provide full patient case examples, which allow the reader to apply their knowledge from previous chapters. The chapters follow a natural structured format, starting with the quickstart guide, prevalence, prognosis, diagnostic criteria, risk factors, pathology, common signs and symptoms, differentials, and treatment. The authors provide imaging studies throughout the chapters, which aid in illustrating and understanding the changes in the brain. The book also covers very practical issues such as legal and financial decision-making, caregiver issues, and non-pharmacologic treatment for cognition and behaviors. I would recommend this book to a wide audience including those working in memory, with older adult populations, in general practices, students, and caregivers.

Memory Loss: A Practical Guide for Clinicians is an excellent resource for the busy clinician. It summarizes all of the latest research related to risk factors, differential diagnosis, signs and symptoms, pathology, and treatment. Although clearly written for practitioners, it is written at a level so that trainees, students, and even the general public can learn. This is a welcome addition with new insights on how to help enhance the quality of life of those patients we treat. Excellent work!