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March 26, 2018

Would Have—A Physician's Personal Reflection On Alzheimer Dementia

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  • 1Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University Health Network and University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
JAMA Intern Med. Published online March 26, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.0129

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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