This book provides clinicians with a reliable reference, written by prominent figures in neuroradiology and old age psychiatry, which draws together current kwledge of late life mental disorders as revealed by neuroimaging. A highly illustrated introductory chapter provides a useful overview of the various techniques of neuroimaging w available. The following chapters, also extensively illustrated, survey the contribution of neuroimaging to understanding the specific psychiatric disorders of late life, and the book concludes with guidelines for clinicians on the choice of imaging for the investigation of their patients. For researchers this is a useful and authoritative review of current kwledge regarding neuroimaging and the older psychiatric patient. Its primary aim, however, is to educate and advise clinicians dealing with the protean manifestations of psychiatric disorder in later life.
Professor David Ames (BA, MD, FRCPsych, FRANZCP) graduated MB BS from the University of Melbourne in 1978 and trained in psychiatry at the Royal Melbourne (Australia) and Royal Free (London, UK) Hospitals (1982-7). His doctoral thesis was on the topic of depression in aged care homes. He was University of Melbourne Senior Lecturer (1989-1994), Associate Professor (1995-2005) and Professor of Psychiatry of Old Age (2005-2007), before taking up the post of Professor of Ageing and Health and Director of the National Ageing Research Institute in September 2007. He has extensive clinical experience in old age psychiatry and was director of the St Vincent's Health Aged Psychiatry Service from 2005 to 2008. David Ames has also edited the peer-reviewed Cambridge University Press journal International Psychogeriatrics (2003-2011). He has published over 145 peer-reviewed papers in academic journals and has co-edited or written 17 books. His main research interests are the early detection and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and the care of the depressed elderly.