Hard to Forget: An Alzheimer's Story

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Thorndike Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 328 pages
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In this remarkable book, Charles Pierce intertwines two dramatic stories -- the scientific race to discover the causes of Alzheimer's and the moving experiences of the Pierce family as they struggle with the disease. More than four million Americans develop Alzheimer's every year, just as Pierce's father did. Here he takes us deep into the country of this disease, from Dr. Alois Alzheimer's work in the early twentieth century to Watson and Crick's discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA, which opened up the field of research and led to discoveries of Alzheimer's genetic components.

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Many nonfiction books about diseases fall into two categories: personal stories or empirical histories of medical progress. Charles Pierce's book manages to do both. He tells the moving story of his ... Read full review

Hard to forget: an Alzheimer's story

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Shortly before Memorial Day in 1985, Pierce's 70-year-old father went to the florist to buy flowers for the family graves. Three days later, he was found by police sitting in his car in Montpelier, VT ... Read full review


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CHARLES P. PIERCE is a staff writer for the Boston Globe Magazine, a contributing writer for Esquire, and a frequent contributor to American Prospect and Slate. His work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Nation, Atlantic, and Chicago Tribune, among other publications, and he is a regular on NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me and Only a Game.

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