Aging and the Brain: The Proceedings of the Fifth Annual by Charles M. Gaitz M.D. (auth.), Charles M. Gaitz (eds.)

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L. 1965. Mental health of Swansea's old folk. J. Prev. Soc. Med. 19:43. Post, F. 1962. The Significance of Affective Symptoms in Old Age. London: Oxford University Press. R. 1962. Psychological Illness: A Community Study. London: Tavistock Publications. Roth, M. 1955. The natural history of mental disorders arising in the senium. J. Ment. Sci. 101:281. Roth, M. 1971. Classification and aetiology in mental disorders of old age: some recent developments. In Recent Developments in Psychogeriatrics.

1965. Initiation of response, and reaction time in aging, and with brain damage. In Behavior, Aging and the Nervous System. T. E. ). Springfield: Thomas, p. 526. ; and Le Bras, H. 1970. Le probl~me de la specificite du deficit de la reconnaissance du visage humain lors des lesions hemispheriques unilaterales. Neuropsychologia 8:403. A. 1976. Cross-validation of the Halstead-Reitan tests for brain damage. J. Consult. PsychoL 31:619. A. 1969. Auditory agnosia: a review and report of recent evidence.

An important piece of evidence in support of this theory, and against the "aging theory," was the apparent absence of relatives showing intermediate states between "normal senility" and senile dementia (and, it may be added, of relatives with Alzheimer's disease). If the major-gene theory is correct, only those who carry the gene will become demented, and the prodromal stage may elude detection with ordinary tests. If the aging theory is correct, chronic brain syndromes should be found to develop only after a period of gradual deterioration differing only in degree from the changes of normal senescence.

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