| Book Review
IS IT ALZHEIMER'S?
by Roger Granet, MD, and Eileen Fallon; Avon Books
Dealing with difficult outbursts, finding a loved one wandering in the middle
of the night - these situations can be difficult for anyone. Is It Alzheimer's?
answers the questions you might ask if a relative was beginning to show such symptoms.
Roger Granet, MD, a 1974 NJMS alumnus and practicing psychiatrist, teams up with
Eileen Fallon, whose mother developed Alzheimer's. The clinical advice and explanations
offered in the book, coupled with personal experiences, create a balanced perspective.
Anyone dealing with a possible case of Alzheimer's in the family will benefit
from the book, which also discusses diseases with similar symptoms of dementia.
Each of the nine chapters tackles a different subject, including how to spot the
symptoms of Alzheimer's and various treatment options. Not only is the book a
good resource for finding the right care for a loved one, it also discusses in
detail various personality types and ways to deal with resistance to treatment.
Many Alzheimer's patients develop irritability or increasing agitation. Patients
may also regress and demonstrate childlike behavior. These personality changes
can make it even more difficult to handle a loved one"s illness. Is It Alzheimer's?
provides a helpful look at the disease and various ways of coping.
Granet, who is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Cornell University Medical
College, an attending physician at New York Hospital, and a consultant in psychiatry
at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, also maintains a practice in Morristown.
He has published two books of poetry and is co-author of several other mental
health books, including If You Think You Have Depression, and If You Think You
Have Panic Disorder. This summer, he published Why Am I Up, Why Am I Down?: Understanding
New Jersey Medical School
"Developing a Research Program in a Community Teaching Hospital," co-authored
by George Heinrich, MD, adjunct assistant professor, Preventive Medicine
and Community Health, and assistant dean, Admissions, was in Teaching and Learning
in Medicine, Vol. 11, No. 2, 1999.
"Evidence-Based Medicine in Psychiatry: The Experience of One Departments
Faculty and Trainees," by Joel DeLisa, MD, professor and chair, Sudesh
Sheela Jain, MD, associate professor, Steven Kirshblum, MD, assistant
professor, and Christopher Christodoulou, PhD, clinical research scientist,
all in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, was in the American Journal of Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol. 78, No. 3, May/June 1999.
"Global Impressions Versus Validated Measures of Treatment Effectiveness
in Patients with Chronic Nonmalignant Pain," by Nancy Just, PhD, assistant
professor, Anesthesiology and Psychiatry, and director, Psychological Services,
Pain Management Center, Donald Ciccone, PhD, assistant professor, Psychiatry,
Erin Bandilla, MA, research teaching specialist, Anesthesiology and
Wen-hsein Wu, MD, professor, Anesthesiology and Psychiatry, and director,
Pain Management Center, was in Rehabilitation Psychology, Vol. 44, No. 2, 1999.
"Neuropsychological Functioning in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Mild Traumatic
Brain Injury: A Comparison," co-authored by Lana Tiersky, PhD, assistant
professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Benjamin Natelson, MD,
professor, Neurosciences, and John DeLuca, PhD, associate professor, Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation, was in The Clinical Neuropsychologist, Vol. 12, No.
"Optimizing Outcome in the Injured Worker with Low Back Pain," by Scott
Nadler, DO, Todd Stitik, MD, and Gerard Malanga, MD, assistant professors,
all in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, was in Critical Reviews in Physical
Rehabilitation Medicine, Vol. 11, 1999.
"The Electrodiagnostic Evaluation of Digital Nerve Lesions," by Todd
Stitik, MD, Scott Nadler, DO, and Patrick Foye, MD, assistant professors,
all in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, was in Disability, Vol. 8, 1999.
Amjad Ilyas, PhD, associate professor, Neurosciences, received a four-year,
$706,000 grant from NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
to study "Immune Responses in Patients with Guillain-BarrZ Syndrome and Chronic
Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy."
Samuel Joseph Leibovich, PhD, professor, Anatomy, Cell Biology and Injury
Science, received a four-year, $1,158,389 grant from NIH/National Institute of
General Medical Sciences to study "Regulation of Macrophage-Dependent Angiogenic
Andrew Pachner, MD, professor and acting chair, Neurosciences, received
a five-year, $2.9 million grant from NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious
Diseases to study "Non- Human Primate Animal Models for Research on Chronic