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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AudrieClifford - LibraryThing
Although this book documents and explains the progress of Alzheimer's disease from the early to the final stages, it ends up leaving the reader not only comforted but also with an almost-appreciation ... Read full review
Review: The Forgetting: Alzheimer's: Portrait of an EpidemicUser Review - Tami - Goodreads
This was great. It was hard to put this down. My grandmother has Alzheimer's so I'm desperate for information. Some chapters were a bit into the science and brain chemistry of Alzheimer's. Good to ... Read full review
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