Concepts of Alzheimer Disease: Biological, Clinical, and Cultural Perspectives

Concepts of Alzheimer Disease: Biological, Clinical, and Cultural Perspectives

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by Peter J. Whitehouse
     
 

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As the essays in this volume show, conceptualizing dementia has always been a complex process. With contributions from noted professionals in psychiatry, neurology, molecular biology, sociology, history, ethics, and health policy, Concepts of Alzheimer Disease looks at the ways in which Alzheimer disease has been defined in various historical and cultural

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As the essays in this volume show, conceptualizing dementia has always been a complex process. With contributions from noted professionals in psychiatry, neurology, molecular biology, sociology, history, ethics, and health policy, Concepts of Alzheimer Disease looks at the ways in which Alzheimer disease has been defined in various historical and cultural contexts.

The book covers every major development in the field, from the first case described by Alois Alzheimer in 1907 through groundbreaking work on the genetics of the disease. Essays examine not only the prominent role that biomedical and clinical researchers have played in defining Alzheimer disease, but also the ways in which the perspectives of patients, their caregivers, and the broader public have shaped concepts.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Editorial Reviews

New England Journal of Medicine - A. M. Clarfield

The first sentence of this excellent book sums up both its content and the reason one should read it: 'it is ironic that the professional and popular discourse surrounding Alzheimer disease (AD), whose most dreadful feature is the obliteration of memory, proceeds with little awareness of its past.' And if Santayana's often-quoted statement about those who cannot remember the past is true, what does this mean for studies of dementia? This book attempts to answer the question and does so very successfully.

Aging and Mental Health - A. MacDonald

This is an excellent book, both for the newcomer to the study of Alzheimer disease and to the seasoned reader and clinician.

Clinical Gerontologist

This book will be an inspiration of greatest interest to anyone engaged in biological or social research in AD.

New England Journal of Medicine
The first sentence of this excellent book sums up both its content and the reason one should read it: 'it is ironic that the professional and popular discourse surrounding Alzheimer disease (AD), whose most dreadful feature is the obliteration of memory, proceeds with little awareness of its past.' And if Santayana's often-quoted statement about those who cannot remember the past is true, what does this mean for studies of dementia? This book attempts to answer the question and does so very successfully.

— A. M. Clarfield, M.D.

Aging and Mental Health
This is an excellent book, both for the newcomer to the study of Alzheimer disease and to the seasoned reader and clinician.

— A. MacDonald

H-Net Reviews
White has written the go-to or standard account of the Haitian Revolution's impact on the United States. Even more important, she has done so in a way that opens up rather than closes off new avenues of exploration.

— Matthew Hale

H-Net Reviews - Matthew Hale

White has written the go-to or standard account of the Haitian Revolution's impact on the United States. Even more important, she has done so in a way that opens up rather than closes off new avenues of exploration.

David O. Staats
This is a multiauthored volume on the social and intellectual history of Alzheimer's disease. The purpose is to show the evolution of our thinking about Alzheimer's disease, from its first description to the present. The editors aim for three audiences -- biomedical researchers and clinicians interested in the social and intellectual history of Alzheimer's disease, social historians of disease and aging, and caregivers, policy advocates, and others concerned with Alzheimer's disease. The reproductions of the case notes, photographs, and clinical records of Alzheimer's patients, his family, and his houses are unique historical documents. This is a marvelous book about the intellectual and social history of Alzheimer's disease, giving insights about Alzheimer himself, his career, and how leadership in medicine begets fundamental new discoveries. The latter third of the book -- on current policy implications -- is not as good as the first two thirds. Those historically inclined will savor this book. This is one of the better intellectual and social histories in medicine that I have read.
Booknews
Celebrates the life and legacy of Alois Alzheimer with 16 papers from a November 1997 symposium in his birth place, Marktbreti, Germany. Most of the contributors are Germany, but other European countries and the US are also represented. They discuss his discovery of the mental disease in 1907 and the subsequent development of thinking about it. The goal is to dispel some of the loss of collective memory about the history of the disease. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a multiauthored volume on the social and intellectual history of Alzheimer's disease.
Purpose: The purpose is to show the evolution of our thinking about Alzheimer's disease, from its first description to the present.
Audience: The editors aim for three audiences — biomedical researchers and clinicians interested in the social and intellectual history of Alzheimer's disease, social historians of disease and aging, and caregivers, policy advocates, and others concerned with Alzheimer's disease.
Features: The reproductions of the case notes, photographs, and clinical records of Alzheimer's patients, his family, and his houses are unique historical documents.
Assessment: This is a marvelous book about the intellectual and social history of Alzheimer's disease, giving insights about Alzheimer himself, his career, and how leadership in medicine begets fundamental new discoveries. The latter third of the book — on current policy implications — is not as good as the first two thirds. Those historically inclined will savor this book. This is one of the better intellectual and social histories in medicine that I have read.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801877575
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Constantine G. Lyketsos

This overview of the history and evolution of the concept of Alzheimer disease is a substantial contribution that will interest readers in gerontology, geriatrics, neurology, psychiatry, psychology, social science, and public policy. It is a good introductory book for people new to the field, as well as for clinicians and even for family members of those affected by Alzheimer disease.

Constantine G. Lyketsos, M.D., The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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