Jason Karlawish

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Jason Karlawish is a physician and writer. His novel Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont, based on true events along the early 19th century American frontier, is the story of a physician's increasing obsession with achieving fame and fortune. He is the author of The Problem of Alzheimer's: How Science, Culture and Politics Turned a Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It (publication February 2021), an account of the tangled web of events that led developed nations into the "Alzheimer's Crisis." Karlawish is a Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Neurology, and co-director of the Penn Memory Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Coming soon.... An entirely new website

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 2:58pm

The book about Alzheimer's disease is done. Now to this website and also sketching out some other ideas. Been reading Kafka and Keats and Georges Simenon. 

I wrote a book to make sense of this disease of the brain and problem of the mind. It blends narrative and history. I've uncovered a great misunderstanding in the early history, in the years that immediately followed Alois Alzheimer's 1907 case report. Science was at work, but so too a strange brew of...

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THE PROBLEM OF ALZHEIMER'S comes out February 23rd, 2021

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 4:55pm



July 2020 -- I'm thrilled that the manuscript has taken shape quite nicely....

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On Living With Alzheimer's

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 6:25pm

Suppose I had Alzheimer's, would you still listen to me?

I asked this question in my latest Forbes essay. Why? As medicine pushed the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease to milder, even pre-clinical, stages of cognitive impairment, more and more people will have the label. How the public answers this question...

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Spend Some Money To Make Money, Or The Opportunities Of Whealthcare

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 11:40am

The more I care for patients with cognitive impairment caused by Alzheimer’s disease as well as cognitive aging, the more I understand how America is missing opportunities to improve their and their families’ well-being, and to strengthen our liberal democracy. One of these is to better integrate the distinct and separated systems that care for their...

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LIT MED's commentary on Open Wound. LIT MED is NYU's Literature Arts Medicine database

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 1:39pm

Open Wound is a novel crafted from the extensive documents of an unsettling, little-known, yet remarkable episode in the history of medicine.

Author Jason Karlawish, Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics...

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An Open Letter To My Senators To Preserve The ACA

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 11:11am

February 15, 2017

Senator Bob Casey

Senator Pat Toomey

Dear Senators Casey and Toomey,

Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will threaten older American’s access to affordable quality care. This threat is especially significant for those older Americans who have Alzheimer’s disease.

I’m a geriatrician, co-director of the Penn Memory Center, and a professor of medicine, medical ethics and health policy, and neurology at the University...

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Loss of dignity in dementia falls on the public, not the patient

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 1:19pm

An elderly man suffering from dementia soils himself while shuffling down a nursing home hallway. A nurse finds him and leads him back to his room, cleaning up the mess left behind while a young boy visiting his grandmother watches in disgust. Across town, two parents bend over their infant child on the changing table and celebrate the...

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Time To Clean The Wax Out Of The Hearing Aid Industry

Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 11:29am

A message of hope is being broadcast loud and clear to the 30 million aging Americans with hearing loss. The Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission can nudge the overly consolidated and stagnant hearing aid industry into 21st century innovation, and if they do this, options for quality hearing aids will increase and prices will drop. Older adults will no longer have to spend their time and money on expensive hearing aids they really don’t...

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Joining the Global Council on Brain Health

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 10:19am

In an effort to provide the public with “clear, trustworthy information on brain health,” AARP announced the creation of a new independent organization Tuesday.

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William Stubing, former president of the Greenwall Foundation and a leader in advancing bioethics, dies

Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 3:52pm

Bill -- no one called him William -- was not only a great colleague but a dear friend. I shall miss him. Here is his obituary.

William C. Stubing, former President of The Greenwall Foundation and beloved friend, died on October 4, 2015.  He was a deeply religious and generous person whose intellectual and artistic interests were as broad as the good works and impact that his life made on...

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