From Clinician to Creative Writer...

Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 3:16pm

Jason Karlawish had a secret. For years, he kept it from his family, his friends, and his closest colleagues. When the truth came out, many were impressed, some were skeptical, but few were surprised: Dr. Karlawish, a geriatrician and professor of medicine and medical ethics, had become a novelist. And as of this fall, he is a published author on a book tour.

While medicine has been his profession for many years, Dr. Karlawish actually has been a fiction writer for...

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From dependency to interdependency: Pat Summitt’s challenge to America.

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 8:28am

Pat Summitt’s announcement that, at the age of 59, she has been diagnosed with dementia caused by Alzheimers disease is sad news. Her plan to continue working as the head coach of the eight-time NCAA Division I national championship University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team is a shot heard round an aging world.

A person diagnosed with dementia still working? The idea seems bizarre, and yet a big money college athletic...

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What we talk about when we talk about Alzheimer's disease.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 7:20am

Just one year after President Obama signed the National Alzheimers Project Act into law, the U.S. is beginning to talk about Alzheimers disease. With input from 23 federal departments and agencies, the Department of Health and Human Services has issued the nation’s first National Alzheimers Plan, and the President’s budget proposes to increase funding for Alzheimers research and care by at least $156 million.

Alzheimers disease is now a national problem that we...

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Prisoners with dementia - the moral challenges of cognitive impairment

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 11:10pm

Today, I read Pam Belluck’s Sunday New York Times article about prisoners with dementia. Her story reminds me about why I decided to focus my medical practice on persons with late-life cognitive disorders.

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Watch the PBS series Second Opinion's "Living with Alzheimer's" episode.

Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 4:55pm

Since 2004, the PBS series "Second Opinion" has engaged expert physicians to work through the diagnostic and treatment challenges of real-life medical cases. In the episode "Living with Alzheimer's," host Dr. Peter Salgo, presents the case of a man with memory loss. Jason Karlawish participated in a lively...

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Why scientists need to be storytellers: the role of narrative in science making and dissemination.

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 1:38pm

The weekbefore the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released its recommendations against routine prostate screening for healthy men, celebrity patients including Joe Torre and Rudy Giulianihad already lined up to challenge the population-based recommendations. To promote their position that prostate screening antigen test is life saving, these individuals relied on a powerful tool: their own personal narratives.Unfortunately, the experts whose goal is...

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