One of the unexpected events that followed the release of this book was the anger and outrage it spawned. I received a large volume of hate mail, filled with threats and animosity, from psychotherapists. Rather than disagreement or discourse, these mental health professionals were protective of their favored theories and outraged that anyone should disagree with their belief systems. This level of bias is unfortunately common enough that it is one of the primary reasons people do not receive objective diagnoses and effective treatments. By the way, since 1987 it seems that the number of abductions has declined significantly.
Over the course of Alzheimer's disease, medical and ethical issues arise as the patient's disability increases, new behavioral disturbances emerge, and family reactions evolve. Continuous physician involvement is critical to aiding the family throughout the disease process. The family physician can help the patient and family make critical health care decisions by using a “values discussion” to encourage them to talk about difficult topics, enhancing their knowledge and understanding of health care procedures and care options, and helping them to develop successful problem-solving strategies and incorporate the wishes of all family members. 20