Diagnosis and Treatment of Senile Dementia

  • Manfred Bergener
  • Barry Reisberg
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. The Future of Psychogeriatrics

  3. An Overview: Current Knowledge and Needs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
  4. Epidemiology of Dementia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
  5. Neuropathologic and Neurochemical Aspects of Dementia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. A. Nordberg, A. Adem, R. Adolfsson, I. Alafuzoff, N. Långström, L. Nilsson-Håkansson et al.
      Pages 45-53
    3. P. J. Whitehouse, J. R. Unnerstall, M. Tabaton, D. J. Lanska
      Pages 54-59
  6. Differential Diagnosis of Dementia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. J. R. M. Copelland, I. A. Davidson, C. D. Neal, M. E. Dewey, C. McWilliam
      Pages 63-71
    3. S. H. Ferris, C. Flicker, B. Reisberg, T. Crook
      Pages 72-82
    4. G. Bono, A. Martelli, P. Merlo, M. Mauri, E. Sinforiani, G. Nappi
      Pages 83-89
  7. Psychological Assessment of Aging and Dementia

  8. Basic Clinical and Diagnostic Characteristics of Senile Dementia

  9. An Approach to the Treatment of Senile Dementia: Calcium Channel Modulation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259
    2. Pharmacology

      1. H. Glossmann, J. Striessnig, H. G. Knaus, A. Grassegger, C. Zech, G. Zernig
        Pages 263-275
      2. R. Gerritsen van der Hoop, C. E. E. M. van der Zee, W. H. Gispen
        Pages 288-294
      3. R. L. Isaacson, J. M. Fahey, A. M. Danks, D. L. Maier, A. H. Mandel, R. van Buskirk
        Pages 322-335
    3. Clinical Results with Nimodipine

      1. S. Kanowski, P. Fischhof, R. Hiersemenzel, J. Röhmel, U. Kern
        Pages 339-349
      2. P. K. Fischhof, G. Wagner, L. Littschauer, E. Rüther, M. Apecechea, R. Hiersemenzel et al.
        Pages 350-359
      3. N. Tobares, A. Pedromingo, J. Bigorra
        Pages 360-365
      4. B. Baumel, L. S. Eisner, M. Karukin, R. MacNamara, H. Raphan
        Pages 366-373
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 383-389

About these proceedings


Senile dementia is one of the major health problems confronting mankind in this century. To some extent the problem has, of course, always existed. The condition was sufficiently troubling to classical philosophers and jurists to have apparently provoked comments by Solon in approximately 500 B. C. and Plato in the fourth century B. C. (Plutarch 1967 translation; Plato 1921 translation). Medical recognition can be traced at least as far back as the second century A. D. (Adams 1861). However, several factors have converged in this century to extend the absolute dimensions of the problem of senile dementia and to increase societal, medical, and scientific recogni­ tion of the magnitude of the condition. Perhaps the most important factor relating to the present importance of senile dementia is demographic. Although the human population has been increasing since the mid-eighteenth century, it has only been since the advent of the twentieth century that a decrease in mortality has been noted for those over the age of 45 (McKeown 1976). Consequently, the absolute number of aged persons and the proportion of increasingly aged persons in the populations of the world's industrial nations have been steadily increasing. For example, in the United States, 4% ofthe population was over the age of 65 in 1900. In the 1970 census, this proportion had grown to 10%.


cognition dementia diagnosis epidemiology geriatrics

Editors and affiliations

  • Manfred Bergener
    • 1
  • Barry Reisberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Rheinische Landesklinik KölnKöln 91Germany
  2. 2.NYU Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-50800-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-46658-8
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