usband's name?" "Auguste, I believe."
After the patient's death on April 8, 1906 at "1/4 to 6 in the morning", Alzheimer had Auguste Deter's brain sent to his lab. He discovered massive neuronal malfunction and deposits.
Half a year later, the physician from Tuebingen held a presentation at the congregation of southwest German alienists, where he declared, "My case Auguste D. is deviant from all known disease patterns."
Since, scientist understood that the disease is caused by a gradual degeneration of the neurones and usually sets on after the age of 65.
Many patients no longer recognise family members and friends, have orientation problems and struggle with speech.
"The presentation in Tuebingen did not necessarily get the hoped for attention," writes Alzheimer biographer Konrad Maurer.
Hundred years later, the situation has reversed. In view of an ageing society, Alzheimer's disease is regarded as the "widespread disease of the future".
The German Alzheimer Association expects that the number of Alzheimer patients in Germany will exceed two million by the year 2040.
Thomas Kunczik, manager of "Hirnliga", a German association of Alzheimer's researchers, hopes that the anniversary will boost prevention and therapy of brain diseases.
But Kunciyik is sceptical. "Alzheimer is still a frightening disease that many people prefer not to think about."
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