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The Forgetting: Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemicby David Shenk
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Afflicting nearly half of all persons over the age of 85, Alzheimer?s disease kills nearly 100,000 Americas a year as it insidiously robs them of their memory and wreaks havoc on the lives of their loved ones. It was once minimized and misunderstood as forgetfulness in the elderly, but Alzheimer?s is now at the forefront of many medical and scientific agendas, for as the world?s population ages, the disease will kill millions more and touch the lives of virtually everyone.
The Forgetting is a scrupulously researched, multilayered analysis of Alzheimer?s and its social, medical, and spiritual implications. David Shenk presents us with much more than a detailed explanation of its causes and effects and the search for a cure. He movingly captures the disease?s impact on its victims and their families, and he looks back through history, explaining how Alzheimer?s most likely afflicted such figures as Jonathan Swift, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and William de Kooning. The result is a searing, powerfully engaging account of Alzheimer?s disease, offering a grim but sympathetic and ultimately encouraging portrait.
"A remarkable addition to the literature of the science of the mind....Shenk has drawn together threads of neurobiology, art history, and psychology into a literary portrait of Alzheimer?s disease perfectly balanced between sorrow and wonder, devastation and awe." Los Angeles Times Book Review
"An elegant new book....Shenk rises above the usual rhetoric of combat and cure, enabling us to confront Alzheimer's not as an alien pestilence but as part of the human condition." Newsweek
"Written with a researcher?s attention to detail and a storyteller?s ear." The New York Times Book Review
"An excellent new book." The New Yorker
"Beautifully written and philosophically minded." Time Out New York
"Told plainly and movingly....Anyone appalled by the possibility of losing their mind, or who has watched another?s being stolen by Alzheimer?s, should read this excellent book: I guess that?s all of us." New Scientist
"Highly recommended." Journal of the American Medical Association
"The definitive work on Alzheimer?s. A truly remarkable book." John Bayley, author of Elegy for Iris
Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-284) and index.
About the Author
David Shenk is the author of three previous books, including Data Smog, which The New York Times hailed as an “indispensable guide to the big picture of technologys cultural impact.” A former fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University, he has written for Harpers, Wired, Salon, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker, and is an occasional commentator for NPRs All Things Considered. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.
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