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Introduction to clinical neuropsychiatry 

Introduction to clinical neuropsychiatry
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Introduction to clinical neuropsychiatry
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Andrew Hodgkiss

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198759911.003.0003
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date: 20 April 2021

This short introduction to clinical neuropsychiatry is intended for oncology and palliative medicine clinicians. The emphasis is on the clinical examination of higher function (bedside cognitive testing). Assessment of global cognitive function, then simple, lobe-by-lobe bedside tests, are described. Delirium and dementia are defined, and distinguished from one another. The chapter closes with simple examples of how various brain diseases—be they degenerative, infective, vascular, endocrine, or toxic—can manifest as psychopathology (neuropsychiatric disorders).

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