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Mrs Collins was 63 when she was diagnosed with ‘probable’ Pick’s disease. She was a widow and had four adult children, all of whom worked in the small town in which they lived. Although private, she was sociable and involved in the community.

The family became concerned when her behaviour and language changed. She became abusive and argumentative, and talked freely about sex, often asking intimate questions of friends and family. The family members reacted differently to the changes in their mother: some took offence at what she said; others looked for explanations and demonstrated concern towards her. There is evidence to suggest that Pick’s disease has a genetic component, which left the family members with a number of questions and fears relating to their own future and that of their children.

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