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memory loss


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A generic phrase for several neurological and psychological conditions. A benign form is the common problem of many people past middle age who have progressively increasing difficulty recalling names and associating them with familiar faces. Encephalopathy due to drugs, alcohol, toxic chemicals, brain damage of vascular origin, amnesia, Alzheimer's disease and other organic brain diseases are more serious causes, and psychiatric disorders are an additional group.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.


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