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IFL Science, and The Times (Greece) featured a study by Caleb Finch, a University Professor at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, in which he analyzed medical texts from ancient Greece and Roman and found only rare mentions of severe memory loss, suggesting that today’s widespread dementia stems from modern environments and lifestyles. “The ancient Greeks had very, very few – but we found them – mentions of something that would be like mild cognitive impairment,” Finch said. “When we got to the Romans, and we uncovered at least four statements that suggest rare cases of advanced dementia – we can’t tell if it’s Alzheimer’s. So, there was a progression going from the ancient Greeks to the Romans.”

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