Researching Dementia in Imperial Germany: Alois Alzheimer and the Economies of Psychiatric Practice

@article{Engstrom2007ResearchingDI,
  title={Researching Dementia in Imperial Germany: Alois Alzheimer and the Economies of Psychiatric Practice},
  author={Eric J. Engstrom},
  journal={Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry},
  year={2007},
  volume={31},
  pages={405-413}
}
  • E. Engstrom
  • Published 4 October 2007
  • Psychology
  • Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
In the writings of Alois Alzheimer and many of his contemporaries, complaints abounded about psychiatric hospitals not only failing to appreciate the importance of senile dementia, but also inhibiting scientific research into the nature and causes of the disorder. This article exploits these discontents in order to examine what Alzheimer and others thought to be optimal conditions for psychiatric research on dementia. It first analyzes the various institutional contexts in which Alzheimer… 
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