The Forgetting: Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 20, 2003 - Health & Fitness - 211 pages
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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.

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Review: The Forgetting: Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic

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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 Epidemic

User Review  - Joseph - Goodreads

Shenk makes it clear to people that Alzheimer's is going to be a huge socioeconomic issue within in the next ten to twenty years (and he was right considering this was written back in 2001). The book ... Read full review


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About the author (2003)

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 technology’s cultural impact.” A former fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University, he has written for Harper’s, Wired, Salon, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker, and is an occasional commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.

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