Academic Press Inc has published the book Neuropsychological Tools for Dementia: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment, edited by Helmut Hildebrandt.
The book takes a unique approach by combining the neuroscientific background of neuropsychology, neuropsychological tools for diagnosis and disease staging, and neuropsychological treatment into one comprehensive book for researchers and clinicians. Sections present an introduction to neuropsychological assessment in dementias, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia (alpha-synucleinopathies), atypical Parkinson’s diseases (tauopathies), language and behavioral variants of frontotemporal lobe degeneration, and normal pressure hydrocephalus. Each chapter elucidates the point that neuropsychological measures provide the tools to differentiate disease-specific impairments from normal age-related cognitive decline, and from other neurodegenerative diseases. Moreover, the book discusses the possibility of helping patients through neuropsychological intervention. Case studies aid in the reader’s comprehension of the field, and two short guidelines for each disease’s specific assessment and treatment prepare readers for handling real-life patients.
About the author:
Dr. Helmut Hildebrandt is currently a clinical neuropsychologist in the Department of Neurology at the Hospital Bremen-Ost. Dr. Hildebrandt’s clinical work focuses on the rehabilitation of patients with severe cognitive disorders at the early neurological rehabilitation unit and the assessment of patients with neurodegenerative diseases. He also teaches courses on clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation at the University of Oldenburg and conducts clinical studies with different rehabilitation units in Bremen, Oldenburg, Wilhelmshaven, and Bonn. Furthermore, Dr. Hildebrandt conducts research on the rehabilitation of memory and neurological neglect. He is a former member of the scientific advisory board of the German neuropsychological society (GNP). For the last 10 years, Dr. Hildebrandt has been involved in the development of most of Germany’s guidelines concerning neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation.