THE PROBLEM OF ALZHEIMER'S is off for copy editing....

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 4:55pm



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

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"book break" is over....

Friday, May 8, 2020 - 2:58pm

The book about Alzheimer's disease is done. 

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 culture and dark and ugly politics -- sort of like the world we are in now. I close with a vision of how we can...

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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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