The very name Alzheimer is sure to bring a shudder. Thirty to forty million people are now afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, a degenerative brain disorder that strips its victims of their identity and leaves families bereft and social services strained. Despite considerable research, the underlying causes of Alzheimer's disease remain shrouded in mystery. So, too, does the man after whom it was named. Alois Alzheimer (1864-1915) was practicing medicine at the Frankfurt Asylum in 1901 when he met a patient, who would become known as "Auguste D.," whose condition perplexed and intrigued him. Alzheimer is more than a biography; it is a story of scientific discovery at a crucial stage in the history of medical psychiatry.
Konrad Maurer is a neurologist, psychiatrist, and psychotherapist, and director of the Psychiatric University Clinic in Frankfurt. His wife and coauthor, Ulrike Maurer, has converted the house owned by E. Lilly where Alzheimer was born into a museum and conference center. They live in Frankfurt, Germany.
1. The Auguste D. File2. Alois Alzheimer's Ancestors, Childhood and Youth3. Student of MedicineBerlin - In the "Mecca of Medicine"Corps Student in W rzburgA Semester in T bingenIn W rzburg Again - The Doctoral Thesis4. From W rzburg to FrankfurtThe Young PsychiatristRecognition in the Scientific WorldFirst PublicationsYears of Happiness1901: A Fateful Year5. To Munich via HeidelbergNew TasksVenia legendiFamily LifeIn the Anatomy LaboratoryResponsibility as Chief PhysicianThe Fruits of LaborAuguste D.'s deathDisappointment in T bingenOn the Tracks of the Mysterious IllnessFarewell to Munich6. BreslauPsychiatry in a Time of WarAlzheimer's death7. Alzheimer's - The Career of a Disease
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