Concepts of Alzheimer Disease: Biological, Clinical, and Cultural Perspectivesby Peter J. Whitehouse (Editor), Konrad Maurer (Editor), Jesse F. Ballenger (Editor)
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/i>
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.
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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of the case notes, photographs, and clinical records of Alzheimer's patients, his family, and his houses are unique historical documents.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.
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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.
Constantine G. Lyketsos, M.D., The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Meet the Author
Peter J. Whitehouse, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor of neurology, psychiatry, neuroscience, psychology, nursing, organizational behavior, and biomedical ethics at the Fairhill Center for Aging, Case Western Reserve University, and a founding director of the Alzheimer Center at the University Hospitals of Cleveland. Konrad Maurer, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor in and head of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, and director of the Clinic for Psychiatry, at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University. Jesse F. Ballenger, Ph.D., is a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of the History of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University.
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