Germany

The death of the first diagnosed Alzheimer’s patient

April 8, 1906
Frankfurt, Germany
Auguste Deter dies at 55 from sepsis resulting from bedsores

Deter is best remembered as the first diagnosed Alzheimer’s patient. One of her conversations with Dr. Alois Alzheimer which was recorded went:
“What is your name?”
“Auguste.”
“Family name?”
“Auguste.”
“What is your husband’s name?” she hesitates, finally answers:
“I believe … Auguste.”
“Your husband?”
“Oh, so!”
“How old are you?”
“Fifty-one.”
“Where do you live?”
“Oh, you have been to our place”
“Are you married?”
“Oh, I am so confused.”
“Where are you right now?”
“Here and everywhere, here and now, you must not think badly of me.”
“Where are you at the moment?”
“We will live there.”
“Where is your bed?”
“Where should it be?”
(While eating pork and cauliflower)
“What are you eating?”
“Spinach.” (She was chewing meat.)
“What are you eating now?”
“First I eat potatoes and then horseradish.”
“Write a ‘5’.”
She writes: “A woman”
“Write an ‘8’.”
She writes: “Auguste” (While she is writing she repeatedly says, “I have lost myself, so to say.”)

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