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Memory lapses may be normal or a sign of Alzheimer's. A new book tells the difference

Ever spent half an hour looking for your car keys? Or walked into a room only to wonder what you were looking for? Or forgotten what day of the week it is? Not to worry. Occasional memory lapses are normal and not, as you might secretly fear, an early sign of Alzheimer's disease. Still, it's sometimes difficult even for doctors to recognize where normal forgetfulness stops and more serious memory problems begin. A guidebook published last week by the American Medical Association should make the job easier.

As you might expect from a book with the unimaginative title Diagnosis, Management and...

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