An Anthropologist Surveys Alzheimer’s Disease

The Center For Bad Ideas

An Anthropologist Surveys Alzheimer’s Disease
A review of “The Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging” by Margaret Lock. Princeton University Press, 2013.

by Guest Blogger,
Tyler Kokjohn, Ph.D.

Ignoring well-founded, but unwelcome criticism? – BAD IDEA.

I wonder what Dr. Lock was thinking when she published this book. It is not a light read and a bit depressing, so it doesn’t look like a future best seller. Worse, as a stinging indictment of the current efforts to comprehend and combat Alzheimer’s disease (AD), it seems almost guaranteed to alienate many of the research community movers and shakers.

The book distills Dr. Lock’s long-term and richly detailed study of the dauntingly complicated subject of AD. After deep immersion in the primary research publications and extensive interactions with leading investigators, this remarkable outsider comprehends the nuances of AD as well as the experts. Several of her conclusions regarding the origins, diagnosis…

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