The End of Memory

The End of Memory

A Natural History of Aging and Alzheimer's

Book - 2015
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"For centuries, those afflicted by Alzheimer's disease have suffered its debilitating effects, with family members watching their loved ones disappear a little more each day until the person they used to know is gone forever. It was in 1901 that German psychologist and neurologist Alois Alzheimer began working with Auguste Deter, a 51-year-old woman suffering from dementia. When several years later upon her death he examined her brain under the microscope, he remarked on two unusual features: dark blobs he called "plaques" and the twisted remnants of neurons, or "tangles." In the century since the disease was first described, there has been a great deal of scientific inquiry into its causes, but little progress in its treatment. Jay Ingram believes we are on the threshold of important new leaps in understanding, and in The End of Memory he explains the fascinating science of plaques and tangles, recounts the imperfect history of our efforts to understand and combat the disease, and introduces us to the passionate researchers who are now working to find a cure. In the spirit of Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Emperor of All Maladies, this is a book for those who want to find out the true story behind an affliction that courses through families and wreaks havoc on the lives of millions"--
"It is a wicked disease that robs its victims of their memories, their ability to think clearly, and ultimately their lives. For centuries, those afflicted by Alzheimer's disease have suffered its debilitating effects while family members sit by, watching their loved ones disappear a little more each day until the person they used to know is gone forever. The disease was first described by German psychologist and neurologist Alois Alzheimer in 1906. One hundred years and a great deal of scientific effort later, much more is known about Alzheimer's, but it still affects millions around the world, and there is no cure in sight. In The End of Memory, award-winning science author Jay Ingram writes a biography of this disease that attacks the brains of patients. He charts the history of the disease from before it was noted by Alois Alzheimer through to the twenty-first century, explains the fascinating science of plaques and tangles, recounts the efforts to understand and combat the disease, and introduces us to the passionate researchers who are working to find a cure. An illuminating biography of "the plague of the twenty-first century" and scientists' efforts to understand and, they hope, prevent it, The End of Memory is a book for those who want to find out the true story behind an affliction that courses through families and wreaks havoc on the lives of millions"--
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2015
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250076489
125007648X
Branch Call Number: Health & Wellness 616.831 Ing

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Mar 07, 2016

Touffu mais instructif! Aucune réponse définitive sur les causes et peu d'espoirs rapides à l'horizon.

robertafsmith Jan 20, 2016

This book is an excellent read. If you want to know more about this dreadful disease, make this book your first choice. The author writes engagingly - with empathy, but without the emotional baggage writing on this topic often entails. It is superbly researched and up-to-date and suffice it to say that I chose to read this book over the novel I am currently enjoying. Staff Pickles Review.

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