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Dementia: A Very Short Introduction

Kathleen Taylor

July 2020

ISBN: 9780198825784

176 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Kathleen Taylor offers a clear guide to dementia, covering its history and its definition, different types and their symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and the underlying science. She also explains why we still have no cure for dementia, and looks at current research which could soon change that.

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Kathleen Taylor offers a clear guide to dementia, covering its history and its definition, different types and their symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and the underlying science. She also explains why we still have no cure for dementia, and looks at current research which could soon change that.

  • Offers a clear guide to dementia, covering its history and its definition, different types and their symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and the underlying science
  • Explains why we still have no cure for dementia, and looks at current research which could soon change that
  • Discusses both the human costs of brain disorders, and also their costs to society
  • Looks at risk factors, and how to lower our chances of succumbing to dementia
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Kathleen Taylor, Research Visitor at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford

Kathleen Taylor studied physiology and philosophy at the University of Oxford. After a research MSc at Stirling University, working on brain chemistry, she returned to Oxford to do a DPhil in visual neuroscience and postdoctoral work on cognitive neuroscience. In 2003 she won two national writing awards , and decided to leave the uncertain and challenging world of academic science for the even more uncertain and challenging world of science writing. Her interests range across brain research and psychology - from consciousness to cruelty, dyslexia to dementia. Her work includes four books published by OUP: Brainwashing (about psychological manipulation), Cruelty (why people choose to hurt others), The Brain Supremacy (how neuroscience is changing society), and The Fragile Brain (dementia).

Table of Contents

    1:The challenge of dementia
    2:What causes dementia?
    3:Beyond amyloid
    4:Risk factors
    5:Diagnosis and treatment
    6:The future of dementia
    References
    Further reading
    Useful organisations and websites