Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Dementia and Memory. A Handbook for Students and Professionals

Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Dementia and Memory. A Handbook for Students and Professionals

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Dementia and Memory. A Handbook for Students and Professionals Thompson SB (2006) Ashgate Publishing, England; ISBN 0 7546 4633 5; HB; xviii + 235 pages; AUD 99.95

The back cover of this book claims it to be 'invaluable to students, healthcare practitioners, clinical psychologists and medical practitioners' and a glance through the contents list is promising. Unfortunately, production faults and a notable lack of reference to current research and practice undermine the book. The production faults are elementary but substantial. Firstly, whole sections of text appear more than once. For example, paragraphs on pp 4-5 are repeated verbatim on pp 12-13 then again on pp 141-143. Similar reiterations of large sections of text occur several times. At best this problem suggests that the book was not edited. At worst, it suggests that it is a hasty cut and paste job. secondly, numerous references are cited but not included in the bibliography. There are about 20 examples of this between pp 26-33 and further examples appear throughout the book. Thirdly, despite being published in 2006, very few publications from the last 10 years are drawn upon. A quick search of just one database shows that more than 5000 peer-reviewed research articles were published between 1996 and 2006 on the subject of dementia and memory. …

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