Phil Gutis, former New York Times reporter and our Assistant Sherpa, interviews Dr. Jason Karlawish, author of the new book The Problem of Alzheimer’s: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It. Dr. Karlawish was very generous with his time, so this episode is part one of two.
In part one, the wide-ranging conversation touches on:
- How we got to a place that — 100+ years later — still doesn’t include a cure
- The concept of “pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease”
- Public stigma and self-stigma
- Why Dr. Karlawish believes there’s reason to hope in the (relatively) near-term.
Jason Karlawish is a physician and writer. He researches and writes about issues at the intersections of bioethics, aging, and the neurosciences. He is the author of the novel Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont and his essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is a Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania and Co-Director of the Penn Memory Center, where he cares for patients. He lives in Philadelphia.
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- Dr. Karlawish’s novel: Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont
- Dr. Robert Katzman’s groundbreaking article: The Prevalence and Malignancy of Alzheimer Disease, A Major Killer
Mike Good founded The Alzheimer’s Podcast in May 2017. Christy appears as a guest in episodes 15, 19, 21, and 23-26. She became the featured expert on the show starting with episode 28 and appears in every episode after, except 56. When Mike decided to follow his bliss, Christy took over the show in January 2019.
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