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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: M. Evans & Company; 1 edition (September 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590771575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590771570
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,546,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...a choice pick for health collections focusing on senior issues. (Midwest Book Review)

About the Author

Scott D. Mendelson is currently a consult liaison psychiatrist at the Roseburg VA Medical Center in Roseburg, Oregon. He graduated with honors from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1996, and then completed a four-year residency in psychiatry at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville. His work on the link between metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity and psychiatric illness has been called "magnificent" by his peers, and the Journal of the American Medical Association called his first book, Metabolic Syndrome and Psychiatric Illness, "brilliant and scholarly."
Dr. Mendelson lives in Roseburg, Oregon.

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I was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1952 but grew up on the "Kansas side" in Prairie Village. I pursued an early admission to the University of Kansas and instead of my senior year of high school, I entered the university. Being a young and foolish child of the 60's, I almost immediately dropped out and hit the road for sunny California. I played guitar in San Francisco and raised Nubian goats in Petaluma. I eventually went back to school and graduated from Sonoma State University in California. I then went to graduate school at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where I earned a PhD in the Biopsychology program. My poor father, God love him, never got over his concern that my having a PhD didn't change the fact that I had never received a high school diploma! After I earned my degree I had the great privilege of performing post-doctoral research for three years in one of the most highly regarded research laboratories in the world, Dr. Bruce McEwen's Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at The Rockefeller University in New York City.

I loved being a research scientist, but I had always wanted to be a doctor. I decided that it was not too late to pursue my lifelong desire. I was accepted into the College of Medicine at The University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and at the age of 41 I started medical school. At first I was nervous being surrounded by sharp young minds nearly half my age, but I did well. I graduated with honors and was made a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. I served my residency in Psychiatry at The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and in my final year I was Chief Resident of Psychiatry. After residency, I accepted a position as Director of Adult Psychiatry at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, Oregon. For the last two years I have worked as a consult liaison Psychiatrist at the VA Medical Center in Roseburg.


During my years of scientific research, I published several dozen papers that I am glad to say were well received by the scientific community. In 2007, my first book, "Metabolic Syndrome and Psychiatric Illness: Interactions, Pathophysiology, Assessment and Treatment", was published by the Academic Press, a subsidiary of Elsevier. Whereas that book was written for doctors and scientists, my newest book, "Beyond Alzheimer's: How to Avoid the Modern Epidemic of Dementia", published by M. Evans, is written for the general public.

I met my wife, Melissa, a special education teacher, during my California goat raising days. We have been together for nearly 35 years. We have three children. Ethan is 12 years old. He eats and breathes computers. Our twin girls, Erin and Laurel, are turning 9 years old soon. They are madly in love with horses, karate, and computer games. Lily, our Australian Sheppard, loves romping through the oak-forested hills around our house, and, despite a long association, still maintains an unnatural interest in our koi fish.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gene Taft on October 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Highly recommended for anyone interested in A) the definitions for Alzheimer's, Dementia and related issues, B) the causes of Dementia, and C) the many ways to help prevent and treat dementia. Great for both caregivers and those touched by dementia, as well as the layperson simply interested in enlightening him/herself about the realities of this crippling problem that is becoming more and more prevalent across the globe.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carl S. Burak on September 23, 2009
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Like his previous book "Metabolic Syndrome and Psychiatric Illness, Dr. Mendelson's new book BEYOND ALZHEIMERS - how to avoid the modern epidemic of dementia -ventures with great clarity to new conceptualizations of very important health issues. His insights are remarkable and I thoroughly enjoy his writing which I find compelling.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Caplan on October 8, 2009
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I am a Social Worker assisting clients and families affected by dementia. I must say, Beyond Alzheimer's is the best book I have read on this topic. Dr. Mendelson's writing style keeps both the layman and professional in mind. The book provides easy to understand descriptions of the physiology of the brain as we age, causes of dementia, and preventative strategies - including well studied alternative approaches. Beyond Alzheimer's is very well researched, citing the most current data available. It is on the top of my list to recommend to both colleagues and clients.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 9, 2010
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Is dementia the result of aging, or something more? "Beyond Alzheimer's: How to Avoid the Modern Epidemic of Dementia" is a discussion of the causes of dementia and what leads to it as many Americans enter into their twilight years. Poor conditioning throughout life, Scott D. Mendelson argues, is a root cause to dementia later in life. Discusses the brain and how it matures through life and can be left to wither without the right care, he provides an intriguing read for those who want to keep their body and mind healthy no matter what their age. "Beyond Alzheimer's" is a choice pick for health collections focusing on senior issues.
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