First Alzheimer's Diagnosis Confirmed

Science  27 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5359, pp. 2037
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5359.2037

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Ending a 2-year-long search, German scientists have uncovered a piece of science history: brain samples from Auguste D., the first Alzheimer's patient ever to be described in medical literature. The finding, published this week in Neurogenetics, is likely to put an end to lingering doubts about the cause of Auguste's dementia. Some scientists had argued that she may have suffered not from Alzheimer's, but from another, rarer, brain disease.