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Landmark book commemorates centennial of discovery of Alzheimer's disease

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To identify the breakthroughs, the editors have used citation analysis, landmark papers identified by current researchers, and drew upon their own experience and insights. This process took into account the perspectives of individuals who recall the impact of findings at the time they were made, as well as of scientists today who have the advantage of hindsight in weighing the lasting influence of these findings. Because modern AD research was triggered by the seminal work of Tomlinson, Blessed, and Roth some four decades ago, it is particularly fortunate that the vast majority of these milestone authors are still with us.

Each contributor was invited to discuss what made his or her particular article a milestone in the context of its time. Furthermore, contributors were asked to provide a highly personal perspective, by recounting the tale of how each discovery unfolded and by frankly describing the contradictions among studies and the debates that once took place in whispered tones in remote corners of seminar rooms and conference halls.

According to Dr. Perry, "These writings bring to the practitioner, student and interested lay person a perspective not only on the past, but also on where the Alzheimer's disease field is likely to go in the future. Only time will tell whether these milestones have charted the future accurately, but they are unquestionably the foundation upon which the future will be built."


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Contact: Astrid Engelen
a.engelen@iospress.nl
31-206-883-355
Case Western Reserve University
10-Apr-2006


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