Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
For almost two decades AIDS has wrought devastation. Although it causes less morbidity and mortality than cardiovascular disease and cancer, it has taken a tragic toll among the young. In chapter 40 of The Neurology of AIDS, Dr Wade Smith writes, "Now the leading cause of dementia among the young, young and old alike must grapple with the insidious loss of mentation in a friend, lover, family member or patient with AIDS. What makes this disease unique is . . . the emotion brought about by an illness . . . that burns outward, stripping the dignity from those infected."
Neurology, AIDSThe Neurology of AIDS. JAMA. 1999;281(19):1854. doi:10.1001/jama.281.19.1854-JBK0519-4-1