This book has blown my eyes wide open.
After 100 years of exploration into the causes and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, we are no closer to solving the riddle than Alois Alzheimer was in the early 1900s. Dr. Peter Whitehouse discusses the complexity of this issue in his book, The Myth of Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Whitehouse also sheds light on the bureaucratic climate of the early 1900s in the science community, when the psychoanalytic movement was born and Freud’s emerging philosophy about cognitive disorders gained notoriety. Although Alois Alzheimer himself and his peers didn’t quite believe that the condition he described really qualified as a disease, the diagnosis was pushed out as a medical breakthrough in order to stay competitive.
The opinion of Dr. Peter Whitehouse, whose background and credentials qualify him to be the voice of dissension, calls for a paradigm shift in thinking- one that unsettles decades of work to have Alzheimer’s disease elevated to a global priority. He feels that he has been a part of a movement that has created a social construct around the symptoms of Alzheimer’s in an effort to describe a condition that is nothing more than the aging brain.
I highly recommend reading this book if you are able to entertain the idea that Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t really exist. It has set free many of my “can’t-put-my-finger-on-it” frustrations. Wow, right?