Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser
for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.
In 1906 Alois Alzheimer first described the early onset of a dementia
syndrome with specific histopathological findings. These signs of a "senium
praecox" were considered to represent a premature degeneration of the central
nervous system that was distinct from the much more common "senile dementia."
Almost a century later, with the publication of this second edition of Dementia, we are witness to the tremendous strides that
have been made in our understanding of dementia. With the rapid aging of the
population and the increasing numbers of patients suffering from cognitive
decline worldwide, the editors admit that the publication of a single text
on this subject is a formidable task.
Dwolatzky T, Clarfield AM. Dementia. JAMA. 2003;289(3):360-361. doi:10.1001/jama.289.3.360-a