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Self, Senility, and Alzheimer's Disease in Modern America: A History

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Historian Jesse F. Ballenger traces the emergence of senility as a cultural category from the late nineteenth century to the 1980s, a period in which Alzheimer's disease became increasingly associated with the terrifying prospect of losing one's self. Drawing on scientific, clinical, policy, and popular discourses on aging and dementia, Ballenger explores early twentieth-century concepts of aging and the emergence of gerontology to understand and distinguish normal aging from disease.

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Self, Senility, and Alzheimer's Disease in Modern America: A History
2006, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore

ISBN-13: 9780801882760

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