Dementia and its effect on patients and families play a substantial role in my professional life. As an internist practicing in a large urban academic center, more than half of my patients at any given time are often affected by cognitive impairment.1 Yet my continuous exposure to dementia’s many shapes and manifestations has not blunted my experience with my own grandmother. My grandmother has end-stage Alzheimer disease.
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Melvin L. Would Have—A Physician's Personal Reflection On Alzheimer Dementia. JAMA Intern Med. Published online March 26, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.0129
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