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Books, Journals, New Media
January 15, 2003


Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2003;289(3):360-361. doi:10.1001/jama.289.3.360-a

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.

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