Dr. Alzheimer and the patient who helped reveal a devastating disease

Dr. Alzheimer and the patient who helped reveal a devastating disease

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A lady affected by Alzheimer’s disease walks down a hallway. Photograph by SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Photographs

It is becoming that a disease of forgetting is known as for a person who’s all however forgotten.

Wednesday marks the 153rd birthday of Alois Alzheimer, the German psychiatrist who is usually credited for first describing the medical and micro-anatomic options of a mind illness that steals the reminiscences of hundreds of thousands of people annually.

There are, in fact, many causes of dementia, a term derived from the Latin phrase, ‘demens,’ which suggests “with out thoughts.” (The prefix ‘de’ connotes “off” or “not” and the noun ‘mens’ refers to the mind).

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