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Orientations

Lawrence Cohen

in No Aging in India

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780520083967
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925328 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520083967.003.0002
Orientations

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This chapter discusses Zagreb Tamasha, an article in India Today about Alzheimer's disease, neuropathology, cerebral softening in the tropics, senility, dementia, and the city of Varanasi. Tamasha in Hindi is a commotion, a performance—song and dance, tragedy, burlesque, and romance strung together with lots of noise. In 1988, anthropologists from around the world convened in Zagreb for a global conference. Several sessions were devoted to old age. Meanwhile, a 1985 article India Today reported on a search for the characteristic neuropathological signs of Alzheimer's disease in Indian brains. A team of neurologists and neuropathologists concluded that some sort of protective factor might be preventing the occurrence of Alzheimer's disease in India.

Keywords: Tamasha; India; India Today; neuropathology; Alzheimer's; cerebral softening; Varanasi

Chapter.  14900 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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