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January 1987

Dementia and Technology

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Arch Neurol. 1987;44(1):20. doi:10.1001/archneur.1987.00520130012008

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In this issue of the Archives there is a series of related articles on dementia from the University of Western Ontario Dementia Study Group, London. Many of the common problems encountered in patients with dementia and in older people are addressed. Certainly one of the most vexing is the frequent finding of diffuse or patchy lesions in the white matter seen on computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging.

One of the problems with technology is that we often find much more than we want. For example, blood chemistry levels used to be chosen on the likelihood of their giving us information to assist in making a diagnosis or managing a clinical problem. We still use them this way, but now we get lagniappes in the form of several gratuitous pieces of information. It is easier for the system to spew out all it knows, rather than just the information

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