In Pursuit of Memory
The Fight Against Alzheimer's
by Joseph Jebelli
Pub Date 31 Oct 2017
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ROYAL SOCIETY SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE 2017
Named "Science Book of the Month" by Bookseller
Alzheimer's is the great global epidemic of our time, affecting millions worldwide -- there are more than 5 million people diagnosed in the US 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 he's 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 takes you behind the headlines. Jebelli's quest takes us from nineteenth-century Germany and post-war England, to the jungles of Papua New Guinea and the technological proving grounds of Japan; through 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 clever, moving, eye-opening guide to the threat one in three of us faces now.
"In Pursuit of Memory is a remarkable combination of fine
writing, personal honesty, and deep scientific insight - about a
devastating and baffling disease that is becoming all too common.
Jebelli weighs up all the evidence and all the theories about
Alzheimer's and even allows us a glimpse of optimism about a cure."
--- Matt Ridley