The amnestic syndrome

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This chapter focuses on the amnestic syndrome or an impairment in the ability to form new memories. The chapter first describes the history of amnestic disorder and provides a background on memory and memory function. Descriptions of the four amnestic syndromes (Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, transient global amnesia, mild cognitive impairment, and hysterical amnesia) are then provided. Finally, the etiology, evaluation, and treatment of amnestic syndrome are described.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Medical Basis of Psychiatry
Subtitle of host publicationThird Edition
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781588299178
StatePublished - 2008


  • Amnesia
  • Memory
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Transient global amnesia
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome


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