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TitleEarly Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease [electronic resource] / edited by Leonard F. M. Scinto, Kirk R. Daffner
ImprintTotowa, NJ : Humana Press : Imprint: Humana Press, 2000
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Descript XIII, 359 p. online resource


Strategies for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease are among the most important and most discussed topics in dementia care today. In Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease, Drs. Leonard Scinto and Kirk Daffner provide a comprehensive survey of today's new diagnostic approaches to Alzheimer's disease. Leaders in the field critically survey the most promising clinical research on early diagnostic markers for Alzheimer's disease, including the elucidation of changes in the brain revealed by structural and functional neuroimaging, as well as the characteristic patterns of cognitive decline that are documented by sensitive neuropsychological tests, various genetic markers, and biological assays. In addition, there are reviews of current clinical practice in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, the major theories about its pathophysiology, and the therapeutic and ethical implications of early diagnosis. Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease illuminates the complex issues surrounding the search for early markers of this highly prevalent disease. Addressed to clinicians caring for an aging population, researchers developing new therapeutics, and policymakers concerned about the impact of early diagnosis on the delivery of health care, this timely, state-of-the-art volume constitutes a new standard reference guide for all those working with Alzheimer's patients today


1 Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease: An Introduction -- 2 Current Approaches to the Clinical Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease -- 3 Pathological Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease -- 4 The Pathophysiology of Alzheimer's Disease -- 5 Genetic Testing in the Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease -- 6 Structural Imaging Approaches to Alzheimer's Disease -- 7 Functional Imaging in Alzheimer's Disease -- 8 Neuropsychological Detection of Early Probable Alzheimer's Disease -- 9 Peripheral Markers of Alzheimer's Disease: Directions from the Alzheimer Pathogenic Pathway -- 10 Pupillary Response as a Possible Early Biological Marker for Alzheimer's Disease -- 11 Implications of Early Diagnosis for the Development of Therapeutics for Alzheimer's Disease -- 12 An Ethical Context for Presymptomatic Testing in Alzheimer's Disease

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