Another Hypothesis in Psychiatry: The Amyloid Cascade Hypothesis

Stylised Diagram of the Hippocampus - Frank Gaillard

Diagram showing Hippocampus, an area affected by Alzheimer’s Disease (credits Appendix A)

The Amyloid Cascade Hypothesis is central to current research into Alzheimer’s Disease. When I reviewed Dr Niall McLaren’s work ‘Humanising Madnes: Psychiatry and the Cognitive Neuroscences‘, one of the key critiques in the book was the need for hypotheses that could be rejected or accepted. As Professor Hardy outlines in his piece on the Amyloid Cascade hypothesis, this hypothesis has driven research into Alzheimer’s Disease. Thus it offers another aspect of the wider discussion of how science progresses in psychiatry and also in neuroscience.

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