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

Peter J. Whitehouse, Konrad Maurer, Jesse F. Ballenger
JHU Press, 2000 - 321 pages

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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Table des matières

The History of Alois Alzheimers First Case
The Historical Relevance of the Case for the Concept
From Alzheimer to the Present
The Hallmark of Alzheimer Disease
Contributions of German Neuroscience to the Concept of Alzheimer
Century U S Psychiatry and the Fight Against Senility
The Rediscovery of Alzheimer Disease During the 1960s
The History of the Genetics of Alzheimer Disease
Narrative Practice and the Inner Worlds of the Alzheimer Disease
Politics Policy and the Perspectives of the Caregiver
Future Public Policy
The Concept of Alzheimer Disease in a Hypercognitive Society
Progress and Its Problems
Some Future Implications 2 69
History and the Future of Alzheimer Disease

Alzheimer Disease as a Social and Cultural Entity
Aging Culture and the Framing of Alzheimer Disease

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À propos de l'auteur (2000)

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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