Origin of the distinction between Alzheimer's disease and senile dementia

@article{Amaducci1986OriginOT,
  title={Origin of the distinction between Alzheimer's disease and senile dementia},
  author={Luigi A. Amaducci and Walter A. Rocca and Bruce S. Schoenberg},
  journal={Neurology},
  year={1986},
  volume={36},
  pages={1497 - 1497}
}
Since the beginning of the century, psychiatrists and neurologists have been arguing about the identity of presenile (Alzheimer's disease) and senile dementia. History reveals that the distinction was originally based on anecdotal clinical observations and that competition among universities was one of the underlying determinants. The personal opinion of Kraepelin played a major role. Given his widespread reputation and authority, he generated a dogma difficult to change. Reports based on large… 

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