Evolution in the Conceptualization of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: Greco-Roman Period to the 1960s

@article{Berchtold1998EvolutionIT,
  title={Evolution in the Conceptualization of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: Greco-Roman Period to the 1960s},
  author={N. Berchtold and C. Cotman},
  journal={Neurobiology of Aging},
  year={1998},
  volume={19},
  pages={173-189}
}
Most histories of senile dementia commence with Alois Alzheimer's description in 1906 of the first case of Alzheimer's disease, yet the history of senile dementia before 1906 is quite rich, dating back to the ancient Greek and Roman philosophers and physicians. Over the 2500 years since ancient times, the concept of senile dementia has evolved from a rather vague notion that mental decline occurred inevitably in old age, to become defined today by a distinct set of clinical and pathological… Expand
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