While the medical profession may take seriously possible symptoms among younger persons, this may not be the case among the aged. Similar symptoms may be passsed over as 'inevitable ageing' or incorrectly diagnosed as Alzheimer's disease, as was the case of my mother. By 1990, at the age of 72, she showed unexpected physical and mental deterioration, clear to friends and relatives.
It was only by mid-1991 that the professionals recognised, at our insistence, that the problems were more than bladder control. After her death, in 1992, my sister and I insisted on sending her brain tissue to a university research unit. Contrary to her death certificate, still not corrected, CJD was diagnosed.
How many others are dying of CJD without being recorded?
(reader in social anthropology)
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