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July 27, 2011

Dementia: A Global Approach

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Author Affiliation: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina (mugdha.thakur@duke.edu).

JAMA. 2011;306(4):441-442. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1051

As many as 35.6 million persons worldwide are living with dementia, with numbers expected to increase to 65.7 million by 2030 and to 115.4 million by 2050.1 Nearly two-thirds live in low- and middle-income countries, where the sharpest increases in numbers are expected to occur. The current estimated worldwide costs of dementia are $604 billion, which, according to the World Alzheimer Report 2010, exceed the gross domestic product of all but 17 countries in the world.1 One would imagine, then, that at least a handful of books might address a global perspective on dementia. It turns out there were none until November 2010, when Dementia: A Global Approach was published. This multiauthored textbook, edited by 3 leading neuropsychiatrists from India, the United Kingdom, and the United States, succinctly brings together the current state of dementia research and care across the globe and constitutes a milestone on what will surely be a long journey for many parts of the world.

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