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Dr Sean O'Dowd
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© 2019, Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature. We present evidence that Willy Loman, the protagonist of Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman”, meets current diagnostic criteria for probable dementia with Lewy bodies. In particular, he presents with attentional deficits and executive dysfunction (with additional subtle visuoperceptual deficits) in addition to dramatic fluctuations in attention and vivid visual hallucinations. Dementia with Lewy bodies is the second most common neurodegenerative dementia. However, it is frequently misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed, even—we contest—in one of the most well-known characters in modern literature.
Author(s): Fearon C, Taylor J-P, O'Dowd S
Publication type: Letter
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Neurology
Online publication date: 30/04/2019
Acceptance date: 24/04/2019
ISSN (print): 0340-5354
ISSN (electronic): 1432-1459
Publisher: Dr. Dietrich Steinkopff Verlag GmbH and Co. KG