Kingsley M. Stevens, MD
To the Editors: Alzheimer disease is the most devastating disease of the 1990s because it destroys not only the patient but at least one caretaker. The destruction is slow—almost without end. Even when institutional care is required, the caretaker does not escape. Walsh and colleagues (1) studied length of survival in patients with Alzheimer disease. Their stated objective was to increase the prevalence of Alzheimer disease through increasing survival time! This approach to treating Alzheimer disease is not unique to these authors; management of Alzheimer disease in the United States focuses on keeping these patients physically healthy. The tacit assumption
Stevens KM. Caregiving in Alzheimer Dementia. Ann Intern Med. ;114:168. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-2-168_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(2):168.
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