Doing dementia better: anthropological insights.

  title={Doing dementia better: anthropological insights.},
  author={Elizabeth Herskovits Castillo},
  journal={Clinics in geriatric medicine},
  volume={27 2},
Dementia, or neurodegenerative disease, is a disease category, and yet it is widely described in popular and professional media as a horror story. Patients with dementia and their families frequently report that they are less than pleased with their clinical encounters. This article reveals the deleterious impact that cultural assumptions about dementia have on the care provided, and, through an exploration of anthropological theories of personhood, suggests strategies for seeking improved… CONTINUE READING