For my birthday Wednesday, my son got me a copy of a classic 1965 book by the French writer/philosopher/iconoclast Michel Foucault, which I have never read. He thought that, based on my approach to dementia, I might find it interesting. I think he’s right.The book is called Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason. In the book, Foucault traces the history of psychiatric disability from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. In doing so, he comments on how our view of mental illness has evolved from the “eccentrics” who were woven into the fabric of society to the “diseased individuals” who became removed from society and relegated to asylums.I think I will find some parallels here. Stay tuned.Have a safe Holiday and best wishes for the New Year.