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August 1976

Neurological and Sensory Disorders in the Elderly

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New York


edited by William S. Fields, 244 pp, $19.50, Stratton Intercontinental Medical Book Corporation, 1975.

Arch Neurol. 1976;33(8):591. doi:10.1001/archneur.1976.00500080069018

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This volume consists of selected papers from the Houston Neurological Symposium, presumably held in 1974. The field of neurological aging and dementia has suffered a lack of crisp, biologically oriented monographs, but this collection, happily, makes up some of the deficiencies. Following a thoughtful keynote by Joseph Foley, chapters examine perceptual problems, muscular-skeletal difficulties, Parkinson disease, stroke, the diagnosis, pathogenesis, and pathology of dementia, response to drugs in the elderly, hearing and visual changes, and the ubiquitous problems of dizziness. Some areas lend themselves better to examination than others: the chapters on dementia (Katzman, Terry, and co-workers), perceptual problems (Bender), parkinsonism (Sweet), hearing (Gacek), and social problems (Fleming) stand out as well organized and filled with information. In summary, the book is well worth reading and reference for background in a field of major concern to neurologists.

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