Delirium: A Summary of Current Clinical and Research Efforts

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(11), 1215–1217. Reviews the book, Delirium: Advances in Research and Clinical Practice. International Psychogeriatrics, Vol. 3, No. 2 edited by Nancy E. Miller, Zbigniew J. Lipowski, with Barry D. Lebowitz (1991). The tasks that Miller, Lipowski, and Lebowitz set out to accomplish in their jointly edited special issue of International Psychogeriatrics titled Delirium: Advances in Research and Clinical Practice, are threefold: to review the current major empirical findings in the field of delirium, to delineate major impediments to research productivity in this area, and to highlight those research questions that they deem worthy of immediate attention. Broadly speaking, they accomplish these goals handily, bringing together articles by a number of authorities that speak to the incidence, prevalence, etiology, and clinical diagnosis of delirium, as well as several current research efforts to isolate possible underlying mechanisms. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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