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Letters Dementia research

No evidence exists that “anti-dementia” drugs modify disease or improve outcome

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 07 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2607
  1. Peter J Gordon, consultant psychiatrist for older adults1
  1. 1Clackmannan Community Healthcare Centre, Sauchie FK10 3JQ, UK
  1. petergordon{at}

More than three months have passed since the G8 dementia summit was held in London, allowing time for critical thinking over its most laudable aim to “create disease modifying treatment to try to stop, slow, or reverse the condition.”1 This was less than a year after I gave an interactive talk based on one question: “What do we mean by Alzheimer’s disease?”2

In my …

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