Treatment Without Numbers

I know a widely-respected neurologist at a prestigious, teaching hospital who once said, “Treating dementia is like rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic.” And he’s not alone in the medical community with this philosophy. I’ve heard many stories of doctors, both neurologists and general practice physicians, who are reluctant to prescribe treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease. They believe that the current drugs available don’t make a difference. They believe the current drugs are not cost effective. Aricept and Namenda do not cure Alzheimer’s. They do not stop the progression of the disease. The cognitive capabilities of everyone who has Alzheimer’s Disease will get worse despite t

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