The Forgetting: Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic (Google eBook)
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: The Forgetting: Alzheimer's: Portrait of an EpidemicUser Review - John Thorndike - Goodreads
This is the classic text on Alzheimer's. It's now a decade old, but reads like it was written yesterday. Shenk tells us how the disease was discovered, how it develops in the brain and how it plays ... Read full review
Review: The Forgetting: Alzheimer's: Portrait of an EpidemicUser Review - Mary Anne - Goodreads
Haunting book, clear and definitive, fascinating biography of the dimensions of this disease, very thorough historical background of prevalence throughout time. I came to this book with a maudlin ... Read full review
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