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In pursuit of memory : the fight against Alzheimer's

Author: Joseph Jebelli
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First North American editionView all editions and formats
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A neuroscientist takes readers on a journey around the world and through history, from nineteenth-century Germany to present day India, to examine the science and scientists working to find a cure to Alzheimer's disease.
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Genre/Form: Personal Narrative
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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Jebelli
ISBN: 9780316360791 0316360791
OCLC Number: 1006385079
Notes: "October 2017"--Title page verso.
Description: xv, 301 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface : 'A peculiar disease' --
Author's note --
Part I. Origins. The psychiatrist with a microscope ; Understanding an epidemic ; A medicine for memory --
Part II. Research. Diagnosis ; The Alzheimer's gene ; The science behind the headlines ; The second brain ; Swedish brain power --
Part III. Prevention. Stress ; Diet ; Exercise ; Brain training ; Sleep --
Part IV. Experimentation. Regeneration ; Young blood ; Seeds of dementia ; Looking but not seeing ; Between the devil and the deep blue sea --
Part V. Discovery. To the ends of the earth ; Insights from India ; Clues from Colombia ; Alzheimer's legacy --
Coda.
Other Titles: Fight against Alzheimer's
Responsibility: Joseph Jebelli.

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A neuroscientist takes readers on a journey around the world and through history, from nineteenth-century Germany to present day India, to examine the science and scientists working to find a cure to Alzheimer's disease.

"Alzheimer's is the great global epidemic of our time, affecting millions worldwide--there are more than five million people diagnosed in the United States alone. And as our population ages, scientists are working against the clock to find a cure. Neuroscientist Joseph Jebelli is among them. His beloved grandfather had Alzheimer's, and now Jebelli has written the book he needed then--a very human history of this frightening disease. But In Pursuit of Memory is also a thrilling scientific detective story that goes behind the headlines. Jebelli's quest takes us from nineteenth-century Germany and postwar England, to the jungles of Papua New Guinea and the technological proving grounds of Japan, to America, India, China, Iceland, Sweden and Colombia. Its heroes are scientists from around the world--many of whom he's worked with--and the brave patients and families who have changed the way that researchers think about the disease. This compelling insider's account shows vividly why Jebelli feels so hopeful about a cure, but also why our best defense in the meantime is to understand the disease. In Pursuit of Memory is a brilliant, moving, eye-opening guide to the threat one in three of us faces now."--Jacket.

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