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How neuropathology can contribute to the understanding of dementia

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Neuropathologists require years of specialized training to acquire sufficient skill for the adequate interpretation of brain changes in the context of disease states. Carrying out neuropathological studies can be time consuming and for some studies require weeks of tissue fixation before results are obtained. Some may argue that for the study of dementia, neuropathology has become obsolete, overtaken by highly advanced neuro-imaging and molecular biology techniques. However, as highlighted here, neuropathology remains an integral part of the multidisciplinary approach of the study of dementia, complimenting studies in clinical neurology, neuro-epidemiology, neuro-imaging and molecular biology.

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