As the publishers review points out Tom Kitwood (1937-1999) is a seminal figure in "Person-Centred Dementia Care". This book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the development of Kitwood's thinking and/or the wider application of social constructivist and social realist thinking in clinical fields. The book contains papers published from the 1980's up until Kitwood's death. The book is organised over 4 themes which more or less follow on chronologically. The first part deals with Kitwood's critique of the neurological paradigm and charts his journey to a dialectical theory of dementia which posits dementia as a product of the cultural milieu without eschewing the impact of neurology. The next two sections deal with the development of Kitwood's person centred philosophy and the final section deals with the operationalisation of these principles. The critique is not orientated to macro issues so it is a bit on the lean side in my opinion. However it provides an excellant synoposis of the books main themes. Reader's who are turned off by theory or simply do not have the free time for scholarly contemplation may find this book vexing. For anyone wanting a more practical guide I would recommend this link to Dawn Brooker's book Person-Centred Dementia Care: Making Services Better (Bradford Dementia Group Good Practice Guides)
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