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Readership: Palliative care physicians and specialist nurses, neurologists, psychiatrists, and other health professionals treating terminally ill patients.
Augusto Caraceni, Director, Palliative Care Pain Therapy and Rehabilitation and Vice President, European Association for Palliative Care, National Cancer Institute (Fondazione IRCCS), Milano, Italy, and Luigi Grassi, Professor and Chair of Psychiatry, Section of Psychiatry, University of Ferrara and Chief, Clinical Psychiatry Unit, Department of Mental Health and Drug Abuse, NHS-Local Health Agency, Ferrara, Italy
After graduating from medical school at the Università degli Studi di Milano, Augusto Caraceni was board certified in Neurology and in Clinical Neurophysiology from the
Università di Pavia. While training in pain therapy and in palliative care at the National Cancer Institute of Milan in 1986 he participated in the WHO program to test and disseminate the WHO ladder for cancer pain relief. Clinical fellow in Neurology and Palliative Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in New York in 1994, he served for many years as member of the board of directors of the Italian Association of Palliative Care and as Vice President of the European Association of Palliative Care. Editor of the Italian Journal of Palliative Care, his work has always emphasized the development of national and international research collaboration in palliative care, participating in
the establishment of a European research network within EAPC and recently of the European Palliative Care Research Center (PRC) as Vice Chair.
Luigi Grassi graduated in Medicine at the University of Bologna in 1981 and board certified in Medical Psychology in 1985 (University of Bologna) and in Psychiatry in 1989 (University of Ferrara). He is currently Professor and Chair of Psychiatry, University of Ferrara, Italy, where he is the Director of the Post-graduation Residency Program in Psychiatry and the graduate course in Rehabilitation Psychiatry. He is also the Chief of the Clinical and Emergency Psychiatry Unit, Department of Mental Health and Drug Abuse, NHS Local
Health Agency in Ferrara. He has been Visiting professor in several centers in the USA and coordinated the EU Project "Improving Health Staff's Communication and Assessment Skills of Psychosocial Morbidity and Quality of Life in Cancer Patients: a Study in Southern European Countries (SEPO-S)".
"This neat little book, now in its second edition, is a great little compendium for those wishing for a succinct update and reference book on delirium ... The book covers all the key areas of delirium from the history of the concept to diagnostic issues through to current theories of pathophysiology and of course covering key issues of clinical management. Commendably the importance of family and psychological issues are given appropriate attention. The text is succinct and clear throughout. For a textbook it is surprisingly up to date ... The 'case reports' (clinical vignettes) scattered through the book add a clinical context to the main text, helping to
reinforce the key messages of the book and make the book easier and more interesting to read." - British Journal of Hospital Medicine
"As with its predecessor, I think this would be a useful book to have on the palliative care service bookshelf." - Roger Woodruff
"This is an unexpected book. It offers more than the title suggests. It is probably too expensive for most personal collections but should find a place in bench libraries in hospices, general hospitals and larger health centres. It should become essential reading for the psychiatrist working with the physically ill including those in palliative care." - British Journal
List of abbreviations
1: From history to present definitions
2: From history to present definitions
4: Clinical phenomenology
5: Differential diagnosis
6: Frequent aetiologies
7: Delirium in special populations
8: Diagnostic assessment
10: Family issues