Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Lawrence Hight

  • Earliest instance of Alzheimer’s disease as defense in a 1924 homicide trial

    Saty Satya-MurtiJoseph LockhartSanta Maria, California, United States In the mid-twentieth century, few doctors and even fewer members of the public had ever heard of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Interest focused on senile dementia and arteriosclerotic vascular dementia while presenile dementia was thought to be uncommon and received little attention.1 Yet as early as 1906, Alois Alzheimer…