Scientific reports hold a mirror up to a culture, reflecting the beliefs, values, assumptions, practices, technologies, and political-economic interests that shape discourse around particular diseases in particular cultural moments . Indeed, despite their authoritative patina, such reports are “living documents” that invite critical analysis about where discourse in a particular field has been and where it is going. In this spirit, two recent reports from the Alzheimer’s Association (Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer’s Disease: How a Treatment by 2025 Saves Lives and Dollars) and the Institute of Medicine in the United States (Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action) are worthy of attention from those endeavoring to understand and contextualize the science and politics of brain health, aging, and dementia .
Journal of Alzheimer's Disease
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Whitehouse, Peter J., "A Tale of Two Reports: What Recent Publications from the Alzheimer’s Association and Institute of Medicine Say About the State of the Field" (2015). Faculty Scholarship. 76.