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Smell and Taste Disorders PDF


Smell and Taste Disorders PDF

Smell and Taste Disorders PDF
Author Christopher H. Hawkes
File size 40 MB
Year 2018
Pages 424
Language English
File format PDF
Category Free Medical Books
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Book Description
This smell and taste disorders aims to provide neuroscientists, physicians, dentists, and psychologists with concise, practical, and authoritative information for understanding, testing, and managing disorders of taste and smell. Nearly 3 percent of Americans under the age of 65 suffer from some form of chronic olfactory or gustatory dysfunction – a percentage that rises to more than 50 percent of those over 65 years of age and is likely much higher in areas of the world where air and water pollution are prevalent. Despite such statistics, the chemical senses remain neglected by the majority of medical practitioners. Such oversight stems from a number of sources, not least of which is the lack of understanding or trivialization of these senses and the belief that their accurate assessment cannot be made in the clinic. Less-than-total dysfunction is rarely brought to the attention of the physician and, when aberrations are found, many are unsure of how to proceed. Although practical quantitative tests of smell function are now widely available, the majority of neurologists test only cranial nerves II through XII. This continues, despite the fact that olfactory testing has been recommended by the Quality Standards Committee of the American Academy of Neurology for inclusion in the diagnostic criteria for Parkinson’s disease (Suchowersky et al., 2006). Similar suggestions have been made for inclusion of smell testing as an aid in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (Foster et al., 2008). There is evidence that smell tests can be useful in differential diagnosis of several disorders (e.g., depression vs. Alzheimer’s disease; Parkinson’s disease vs. progressive supranuclear palsy and essential tremor). Moreover, they may assist the detection of malingering. Loss of smell or taste has considerable medico-legal importance, commanding major financial compensation for those who are victims of head injury or exposure to toxic agents, particularly for the young and persons whose livelihoods depend upon chemosensation. As this book emphasizes, there are no longer excuses for neglecting the chemical senses in medical practice.
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