The taxonomic perspective: The neuropsychological diagnosis of dementia

A Venneri, O H Turnbull, Sergio Della Sala

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Abstract

Alzheimer's Disease (AD) represents the progressive accumulation of a constellation of cognitive deficits, making neuropsychology central to the diagnosis of AD. These cognitive deficits may occur in a wide range of domains, though recent taxonomies have focused on disorders isolated in a single domain (e.g. language or memory) for much of the early course of the disease. In this paper we focus on the issue of suitable approaches to clinical diagnosis, and the matter of differential diagnosis. In addition, we review methodological matters related to patient assessment, suggesting a cognitive approach to diagnosis - making AD patients of great importance for research into normal cognition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-188
Number of pages10
Journal Revue Européenne de Psychologie Appliquée
Volume46
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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