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The Forgetting: Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic Paperback – January 14, 2003
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In May, 2001, I went to my primary physician with some troubling symptoms of recent memory loss. He ordered a CAT scan, and referred me to my psychiatrist, who was supervising my intensive outpatient treatment of Major [unipolar] Suicidal Depression. The CAT scan depicted some small white areas, which could have been the result of undetected minor strokes or tertiary syphilis. Since neither was applicable to my medical history nor my life style, only the remote possibility of ALZ remained. The psychiatrist gave me the Mini Mental State Examination [MMSE], and I scored less than twenty-five. Based on the MMSE results, he then scheduled me for a battery of tests. My suspicions were confirmed: I now have a diagnosis of "probable ALZ" in the early or middle stages. I am now one of the "five million...When "The Forgetting" arrived, I sat down and devoured it from cover to cover in two days! This was most unusual, since two of the early memory symptoms of ALZ are my recent inability to finish a book cover to cover, or to pick up a book or article where I had left off, and continue on the textual journey.
This "magnificent synthesis of history, science, politics, psychology, and profound human drama" was written especially for me, someone newly diagnosed as "probable ALZ." "Delving into such diverse areas as art history, literature, genetics, and neurobiology" Shenk's "The Forgetting Alzheimer's" clear and concise exegesis continues to give me the data I require to comfort an unbelieving and devastated significant other, my spouse.Read more ›
My mother has had Alzheimer's for 6+ years; it is most certainly "a death of a thousand subtractions". This book should be required reading first for ALL Physicians dealing with this disease and be required reading (at the physicians insistence) by every family that has a loved one(s) with AD;this book goes far beyond education of this disease. For the first time in all these years I understand AD better. While reading this book many "aha's" and "of course's" were spoken aloud by me.
My feelings and emotions were validated by The Forgetting during this long last goodbye to my Mom. I shuddered to read all of the steps to the unraveling of Mom's mind and how the end would be for her should she (God forbid) reach the very end of her unraveling. But, I appreciate this knowledge I have gained from this book so I can deal with Mom's death in a better way, an informed way. I am passing this book along to my brothers and to many friends of mine who have loved ones with AD. My thanks and appreciation (as well as my blessings) go out to David Shenk for writing The Forgetting. This book will bring revelations and comfort to all who read it.
This is not meant to be a technical book for researchers. It is aimed towards those with friends and family who are dealing with Alzheimers.
For those dealing with this disease, the stages of Alzheimers are clearly listed. The book differentiates the symptoms of ALzheimers from normal forgetting. This is very helpful information that is not presented as well elsewhere.
It's hard to believe that a book on such a gloomy subject could be so gripping and, yes, inspiring but it is. Shenk seamlessly includes the history, the politics, the vicious economics of a biotech company vs. not-for-profit Alzheimer research,as well as mini-biographies of scientists, patients and caretakers, about whom (the caretakers) he affectionately writes: "The unique curse of Alzheimer's is that it ravages several victims for every brain it infects....close friends and loved ones are forced to step in and compensate for lost abilities."
Have you ever wondered why, if Alzheimer's was first described at the start of the 20th century, it wasn't until the 1970s that it became a household word.? This is in itself a fascinating story, -( and what a play or screenplay could be based on it.)
I now understand this illness in a far deeper way than I ever did before. Shenk describes how Alzheimer's takes an average of eight years to "erase the brain," followiing a course that he depicts as a regression to infancy. There may or may not be breakthrough products on the horizon, yet lawsuits and charges of patent infringement are needlessly delaying progress.
If I have one criticism of THE FORGETTING, it is simply that it makes most of the other writings on this topic seem pale, or dull ,or lacking clarity..THE FORGETTING will surely reign as the great literary and humanistic classic of this field..
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Very well written. Easy to read and understand. Advise for anyone dealing with Alzheimer's. Either patient or care giver.Published 19 months ago by L. Forman
Not an easy book to read - the research was not all that encouraging and there seemed to be a message that this has existed forever (references to types of dementia over many... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
We have been struck with this insidious disease that knows no boundaries or limitations, and I am now the principal caregiver for my wife of 48 years. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Daniel J. Andrews
EXCELLENT. GOOD STYLE. CLEAR, CONCISE, AND COMPREHENSIVE.....UH OH, I FORGOT THE REST OF THIS REVIEW.Published 21 months ago by wmr
The Forgetting is an excellent biography of the history of Alzheimer's Disease. The early history of the disease is laid out fairly well and quite understandable. Read morePublished on June 14, 2014 by mL
The Forgetting is a well-researched and moving account of Alzheimer's as a deterioration that is part of human life. Read morePublished on June 7, 2014 by Helen B. Lane