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MCV/Q, Medical College of Virginia Quarterly
There are four essential points to the rational management of the demented patient which will be dealt with here. They are 1) the definition of the term dementia, facilitating the identification of a specific group of patients, 2) the sequence of diagnostic steps required to identify manageable and treatable features in demented patients, 3) the effective separation of dementia from depression, which is probably the most significant diagnostic point for primary care physicians, and 4) the description of a few clinical features encountered in demented patients which the physician can often modify by family education and training, by the manipulation of the patient’s environment, and by medication needed to maintain the patient’s general health.
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