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Few physicians are cognizant of the magnitude of the problem generated by the presenile dementias. There are more than 30,000 victims of this disorder in the United States and they occupy about one fourth of the total mental hospital beds. These conditions often occur in men and women at a time when they are most powerful in human affairs. If unrecognized and untreated, these dementias can have deleterious consequences not only for the patient but for society as a whole.
The authors decided to write this book "because there is no practical synopsis which orders and describes the presenile dementias that could serve as a guide to their recognition and facilitate early effective treatment when available." Their objective was to fill this void at least partially and they have succeeded. In a lucid, easily comprehended exposition, they provide experienced clinicians and students a concise historical review of the evolution of
Ayd FJ. Dementia in the Presenium. JAMA. 1974;229(6):710. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230440067047
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