Chapter 35. The Dementias: An Overview

  1. Robert P. Lisak MD, FAAN, FRCP Parker Webber Chair Professor Chair Neurologist-in-Chief Chief3,4,
  2. Daniel D. Truong MD, FAAN Head5,
  3. William M. Carroll MBBS, MD, FRACP, FRCP(E) Head6 and
  4. Roongroj Bhidayasiri MD, FRCP Director7,8
  1. Howard H. Feldman MDCM, FRCP (C) Division of Neurology1 and
  2. Najeeb Qadi MD Consultant Director2

Published Online: 18 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317008.ch35

International Neurology: A Clinical Approach

International Neurology: A Clinical Approach

How to Cite

Feldman, H. H. and Qadi, N. (2009) The Dementias: An Overview, in International Neurology: A Clinical Approach (eds R. P. Lisak, D. D. Truong, W. M. Carroll and R. Bhidayasiri), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317008.ch35

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA

  2. 4

    Detroit Medical Center, Harper University Hospital, Detroit, MI, USA

  3. 5

    The Parkinson and Movement Disorder Institute, Memorial Neuroscience Institute, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Fountain Valley, CA, USA

  4. 6

    Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, Perth, Australia

  5. 7

    Chulalongkorn Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center, Chulalongkorn University Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand

  6. 8

    University of California at Los Angeles, School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    UBC Hospital Clinic for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  2. 2

    Neurology Residency Training Program, Department of Neurosciences, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 11 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405157384

Online ISBN: 9781444317008



  • dementias - overview;
  • mild cognitive impairment (MCI) - cognitive function below defined norms with aging;
  • dementia - loss of prior intellectual capacity;
  • frontotemporal lobar degenerations (FTLD) - disordered social conduct and behavior;
  • vascular dementia - resulting from multifocal cerebrovascular injury;
  • lumbar puncture - infectious and inflammatory causes


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Definitions

  • Epidemiology

  • Treatment

  • Further reading