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Drugs for cognitive disorders

Leslie Iversen

in New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199696758
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743221 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0157
Drugs for cognitive disorders

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Cognitive disorders are among the most difficult of all nervous system illnesses to treat as they affect the most complex and least clearly understood aspects of brain function. Animal studies cannot accurately mirror the complexities of human cognition, and there are few, if any, animal models of human cognitive illnesses. As so few drugs have been found to exert clinically significant effects, animal models for testing novel cognition-enhancing agents have unknown predictive value. However, progress has been made in recent years with improved international agreement on the criteria used to approve new cognition-enhancing drugs, and the introduction of new drugs for the treatment of dementia.

Chapter.  2507 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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