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The Alzheimer Conundrum by Margaret Lock

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Afterword

Portraits from the Mind

I noted toward the end of the Orientations that opened this book that I would not be able, for reasons of space, to give more than minimal consideration to the actual experience of Alzheimer’s as it affects individuals and their families. I am acutely aware that what is missing almost entirely from this treatise is the ultimate, undeniable reason for the existence of the Alzheimer enterprise—the anguish and suffering that this condition brings to millions of individuals and their families. In closing I want to draw readers’ attention to a remarkable set of paintings by the artist William Utermohlen that he produced after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. These paintings (A1–A4) draw one into the terrifying, ...

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