Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Bad medicine: dementia

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 01 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3859
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

As our physical bodies give out we look in horror into the mirror, seeing our father or mother looking back at us. We comfort ourselves that at least we have our own personality, memories, and individuality. But to lose these is to lose everything; I fear dementia above all other illnesses. Due to an ageing population there is talk of a pending national crisis in dementia, and this particular medical bandwagon is beginning to play politically.1

There has been much talk of early diagnosis, memory clinics, training, screening, and criticism that 75% of cases …

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