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May 19, 2010

Treating Dementia: Do We Have a Pill for It?

JAMA. 2010;303(19):1980-1985. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.628

This book arose from a 2-day conference held in March 2004 at Johns Hopkins entitled “Drug Development for Alzheimer Disease: Historical and Clinical Perspectives.” Although most of the chapter authors participated in the conference, to ensure a full range of opinion the editors asked several other experts who had not participated in the conference to contribute chapters. The result is an interdisciplinary analysis of the development of drugs for Alzheimer disease. Alongside and intertwined with the theme of drug development is thorough scrutiny of the concepts of Alzheimer disease and dementia from a wealth of viewpoints: anthropology, ethics, neurology, philosophy, sociology, psychiatry, and pathology.