The Amnesias: A Clinical Textbook of Memory Disorders

Hardcover | December 22, 2005

byAndrew C. Papanicolaou

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This concise but comprehensive text provides a systematic account of the memory disorders, whether they result from psychological stress, traumatic injury, stroke, or degenerative disease of the brain. The major amnesia syndromes are covered in consistently organized chapters that give aclear description of the clinical signs and symptoms, predisposing factors, prevalence and prognosis, pathophysiology to the extent that it is known, diagnostic approaches including tests used to evaluate the disorders, and therapeutic efforts. The book's emphasis is on facts rather than theory,and readers from a variety of disciplines will appreciate its clear, jargon-free, well-organized assessment of the state of knowledge about the memory disorders. These disciplines include neurobiology, neuropsychology, psychiatry, cognitive neuroscience, rehabilitation medicine, and gerontology.Even theorists will find the book useful since any theory of memory and its neurophysiological mechanisms must be constrained by the facts of amnesia if it is to be considered complete. The book's clearcut scheme of organization will enhance its value and user-friendliness. It divides the amnesias into three types: progressive, permanent, and transient. The first type includes amnesias associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, and withvascular dementias, contrasting them with memory decline resulting from normal aging. The second type consists of classic amnesic syndromes associated with limbic lesions of various etiologies such as Korsakoff's encephalopathy and traumatic brain injuries. The third type includes transientglobal, transient epileptic, and ECT-induced amnesias as well as the reversible psychogenic amnesias associated with dissociative and fugue states. These discussions are preceded by two introductory chapters that define the mnemonic and amnesic phenomena, classify the various memory systems andfunctions, and describe the putative brain circuitry underlying these functions, including molecular mechanisms, neurotransmitter systems, and the effects of stress-related hormones and drugs, with the aid of magnetic resonance images and anatomical drawings.

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This concise but comprehensive text provides a systematic account of the memory disorders, whether they result from psychological stress, traumatic injury, stroke, or degenerative disease of the brain. The major amnesia syndromes are covered in consistently organized chapters that give aclear description of the clinical signs and symp...

Andrew C. Papanicolaou is at The University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 6.3 × 9.21 × 0.98 inPublished:December 22, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Andrew C. Papanicolaou: Phenomenon and Constructs2. Pramod K. Dash, Jason D. Runyan, Sonja Blum, April E. Hebert, Panagiotis G. Simos, Andrew C. Papanicolaou: Putative Cerebral Mechanisms of Memory3. Alexandra Economou, Panagiotis G. Simos, Andrew C. Papanicolaou: Age-related Memory Decline4. Alexandra Economou, Sokratis G. Papageorgiou, Andrew C. Papanicolaou: Amnesia Associated with the Dementias5. Andrew C. Papanicolaou, Rebecca Billingsley-Marshall, David Molfese, Barbara Novak: Semantic Amnesia6. Rebecca Billingsley-Marshall, Panagiotis G. Simos, Andrew C. Papanicolaou: Limbic Amnesia7. Mary H. Kosmidis, Aikaterini Giazkoulidou, Vasilis P. Bozikas, Andrew C. Papanicolaou: Traumatic Amnesia8. Panagiotis G. Simos, Andrew C. Papanicoloau: Transient Global Amnesia9. Mary H. Kosmidis, Andrew C. Papanicolaou: Transient Epileptic Amnesia10. Mary H. Kosmidis, Andrew C. Papanicolaou: ECT-Induced Amnesia11. Ioanna Savvidou, Vasilis P. Bozikas, Andrew C. Papanicolaou: Psychogenic Amnesia12. Andrew C. Papanicolaou: Notes for a Theory of MemoryAppendix: Neuropsychological Tests for Assessment of MemoryDavid W. Loring:

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"This is a superb book on the amnesias. Any clinician who treats patients with disorders of memory should read this excellent book."--Doody's