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The forgetting : Alzheimer's, portrait of an epidemic / David Shenk
Bib ID 2828795
Format BookBook
Author
Shenk, David, 1966-
 
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Edition 1st ed. 
Description New York : Doubleday, 2001 
viii, 290 p. ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 0385498373
Summary

"Alzheimer's disease is a demographic time bomb. Since 1975, the number of Americans afflicted has risen from five hundred thousand to five million; over the next fifty years, an estimated eighty to one hundred million more people worldwide will succumb to it. But it is the story behind these numbers that makes The Forgetting such a landmark work. A magnificent synthesis of history, science, politics, psychology, and profound human drama, the book explores the nature of a disease that attacks not merely memory but the very core of our human identity.".

"Delving into such diverse areas as art history, literature, genetics, and neurobiology, David Shenk shows that Alzheimer's particular terror - the gradual eradication of memory and of mind - is as old as humankind itself. He convincingly posits that such historical figures as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jonathan Swift, and Frederick Law Olmsted were caught in the disease's insidious grip. Moving portraits of contemporary patients, their families, and their caregivers drive home the sad pattern of regression Alzheimer's exacts, a pathology that eerily mirrors child development in reverse. Yet Shenk offers a well of empathy and understanding for families striving to better understand and come to terms with their loss."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • Pt. I. Early Stage
  • 1. I Have Lost Myself
  • 2. Bothered
  • 3. The God Who Forgot and the Man Who Could Not
  • 4. The Race
  • 5. Irrespective of Age
  • 6. A Most Loving Brother
  • Pt. II. Middle Stage
  • 7. Fumbling for the Name of My Wife
  • 8. Back to Birth
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-280) and index.

Subjects Alzheimer's disease.

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