Readership: Sufferers of alzheimer's and other dementias, their families, and the medical professionals who care for them.
Julian C. Hughes, Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry and Honorary Professor of Philosophy of Ageing, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust and Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle University, UK
Julian Hughes previously chaired the Philosophy Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and serves on the College's Special Committee for Professional Practice and Ethics.
Julian read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford prior to studying Medicine at Bristol. He then served in the Royal Air Force, but completed his higher training in psychiatry in Oxford and, at the same time, undertook a PhD in Philosophy at Warwick University.
He was a member of the Dementia Working Party of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, which reported in 2009. He was previously a special advisor on ethics and palliative care to the UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which produced its guidelines on dementia in 2007.
"This superb, to the point book on dementia should be a frequent 'go to' reference for busy clinicians...highly recommended..." - Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
"This valuable new book on dementia for the nonspecialist takes, as the title indicates, a 'just the facts' approach. This small book (more of a monograph), written by an experienced clinician in the field and filled with essential details that deftly summarise each of the dementias, would be a requisite reference for primary care physicians." - Doody's
"Anyone looking for an authoritative and informative, yet concise, introduction to dementia would be wise to consult 'Alzheimer's and
other dementias' the book should prove invaluable not only to clinicians but also to sufferers and their care givers who want to understand more about dementia and to participate in care related decisions." - PsyPAG Quartlerly
"This little book, provides a clear outline of the subject. Short, sharp and clearly set out, it would be a useful reference to have on a palliative care ward." - IAHPC Newsletter
1: Setting the scene
2: How the brain works
3: Defining dementia
4: Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment
5: Vascular dementia
6: Dementia with Lewy bodies
7: Frontotemporal dementias
8: Other dementias
10: Social approaches to living with dementia
11: Psychological approaches to management of dementia and depression
12: Drug treatments
13: Spiritual, palliative, and supportive care
14: Challenges in caring
15: Facts and values
Appendix 1: Useful web addresses
Appendix 2: Useful references