Show Notes

This episode is part two of our conversation with 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.

The book is out today (February 23, 2021) and is available as both an audio book on, as well as hardback at your favorite bookseller. And of course we’ve included links in the section below the audio player.

If you haven’t yet listened to the first part of our conversation with Dr Karlawish in episode 146: It’s a Disease of Autonomy, you’ll want to hit pause and go back to that episode to catch up before coming back to this episode.

Episode 146 explains the historical and political context that got us to where we are today and the way it influenced policy decisions around Alzheimer’s disease. This episode focuses more on my main interest: the humans affected, and our relationship with them.

Phil Gutis, former New York Times journalist and our Assistant Sherpa on The Alzheimer’s Podcast, leads the conversation with Dr. Karlawish.

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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