Can't Remember What I Forgot: The Good News from the Front Lines of Memory Research
An essential behind-the-scenes foray into the world of cutting-edge memory research that unveils ﬁndings about memory loss only now available to general readers.
When Sue Halpern decided to emulate the ﬁrst modern scientist of memory, Hermann Ebbinghaus, who experimented on himself, she had no idea that after a day of radioactive testing, her brain would become so “hot” that leaving through the front door of the lab would trigger the alarm. This was not the ﬁrst time while researching Can’t Remember What I Forgot, part of which appeared in The New Yorker, that Halpern had her head examined, nor would it be the last.
Halpern spent years in the company of the neuroscientists, pharmacologists, psychologists, nutritionists, and inventors who are hunting for the genes and molecules, the drugs and foods, the machines, the prosthetics, the behaviors and therapies that will stave off Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and keep our minds–and memories–intact. Like many of us who have had a relative or friend succumb to memory loss, who are getting older, who are hearing statistics about our own chances of falling victim to dementia, who worry that each lapse of memory portends disease, Halpern wanted to ﬁnd out what the experts really knew, what the bench scientists were working on, how close science is to a cure, to treatment, to accurate early diagnosis, and, of course, whether the crossword puzzles, sudokus, and ballroom dancing we’ve been told to take up can really keep us lucid or if they’re just something to do before the inevitable overtakes us.
Beautifully written, sharply observed, and deeply informed, Can’t Remember What I Forgot is a book full of vital information–and a solid dose of hope.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Eoin - www.librarything.com
Well-written, interesting subject. The only great lack is a definite conclusion but, as it is a survey of current research, I suppose that would be impossible. Another point for the writers in the epic writers-researching-science v. scientists-writing struggle. Read full review
CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT I FORGOT: The Good News from the Front Lines of Memory ResearchUser Review - www.kirkusreviews.com
Engrossing review of the latest advances in the science of memory and brain disease.During the 1990s, Alzheimer's replaced AIDS as an American mass phobia, writes veteran science journalist Halpern ... Read full review
Chapter Two Certainty
Chapter Three Diaqnosis
Chapter Four Normal
Chapter Five Inheritance
Chapter Six The FiveYear Plan
Chapter Seven Gone to Mars
Chapter Eight Siqnal to Noise
Chapter Nine Input Output