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Auguste Deter

First person diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease

Auguste Deter (German pronunciation: [aʊ̯ˈɡʊstə ˈdeːtɐ]; 16 May 1849 – 8 June 1906) was a German woman.

Auguste Deter
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Born(1849-05-16)16 May 1849
Kassel, Germany
Died8 June 1906(1906-06-08) (aged 57)
Frankfurt, Germany
NationalityGerman
Known forFirst diagnosis of "Alzheimer's"
Spouse(s)Karl Deter

She is the first person to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Auguste had a normal life. However, during the late 1890s, she started showing symptoms of dementia, such as: loss of memory, delusions, and even temporary vegetative states. She would have trouble sleeping, would drag sheets across the house, and even scream for hours in the middle of the night.

She died on 8 June 1906 from Alzheimer's in Frankfurt, aged 57.[1]

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