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Letters Alzheimer’s disease/syndrome?

There are two types of disease

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 16 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6327
  1. Edo Richard, neurologist1,
  2. Willem A Van Gool, neurologist1
  1. 1Department of Neurology, H2-225, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, 1100 DD Amsterdam, Netherlands
  1. e.richard{at}

We agree that in older patients dementia is associated with accumulation of multiple pathologies, arising from multiple interlocking risk factors.1 However, we doubt whether simply changing “Alzheimer’s disease” into “Alzheimer’s syndrome” will answer all lingering questions. Similar to diabetes, perhaps we should …

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