Can't Remember What I Forgot: The Good News from the Front Lines of Memory Research

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Crown/Archetype, May 6, 2008 - Science - 288 pages
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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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Review: Can't Remember What I Forgot: The Good News from the Front Lines of Memory Research

User Review  - Sabin Serban - Goodreads

I found this book a very good introduction to recent developments in neuroscience with an emphasis on memory research and disease prevention. The author has an engaging style and is easy to follow and ... Read full review

Review: Can't Remember What I Forgot: The Good News from the Front Lines of Memory Research

User Review  - Jmp - Goodreads

Research oriented. The good news is that there may be either preventative or curative solutions on the horizon. Well, not now of course, but maybe soon. In the meantime, eat well, exercise often, and get enough rest. Read full review

Contents

Chapter Two Certainty
25
Chapter Three Diaqnosis
50
Chapter Four Normal
78
Chapter Five Inheritance
101
Chapter Six The FiveYear Plan
129
Chapter Seven Gone to Mars
152
Chapter Eight Siqnal to Noise
181
Chapter Nine Input Output
206
Notes
229
Acknowledgments
243
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About the author (2008)

SUE HALPERN received her doctorate from Oxford University in 1985 and first began teaching at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is the author of Four Wings and a Prayer, Migrations to Solitude, and two books of fiction. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Condé Nast Traveler, and The New York Review of Books, among other publications. She lives in Ripton, Vermont, with her husband, writer Bill McKibben, and their daughter, Sophie, and is a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College.


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