A. M. Clarfield, M.D.
Concepts of Alzheimer Disease: Biological, Clinical, and Cultural Perspectivesby Peter J. Whitehouse
"This is an excellent book, both for the newcomer to the study of Alzheimer disease and to the seasoned reader and clinician." -- Aging and Mental HealthSee more details below
"This is an excellent book, both for the newcomer to the study of Alzheimer disease and to the seasoned reader and clinician." -- Aging and Mental Health
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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of the case notes, photographs, and clinical records of Alzheimer's patients, his family, and his houses are unique historical documents.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.
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.
This is an excellent book, both for the newcomer to the study of Alzheimer disease and to the seasoned reader and clinician.
This book will be an inspiration of greatest interest to anyone engaged in biological or social research in AD.
- Johns Hopkins University Press
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- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)
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- 18 Years
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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.
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