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Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic
by David Shenk

"A remarkable addition to the literature of the science of the mind....Shenk has drawn together threads of neurobiology, art history and psychology into a literary portrait of Alzheimer's disease perfectly balanced between sorrow and wonder, devastation and awe."
 — The Los Angeles Times Book Review

Among nonfiction accounts [of Alzheimer's disease], David Shenk's beautiful, harrowing 'The Forgetting/Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic' (2001) remains the standard. It is one of those rare books that lifts journalism — the gathering and dissemination of topical facts — to the level of literature.
 — The Chicago Tribune

"Riveting....superb...a must-read for anyone interested in the wretched ailment that is Alzheimer's."
The San Francisco Chronicle

"Deeply affecting...a fascinating meditation on the scientific, political and cultural history of Alzheimer's disease."
The Washington Post

"Intelligent and unusually circumspect."
The New York Review of Books

"A graceful, masterful portrait of [the] illness...Readers can't help but be taken by Shenk's humanity and compassion, which brim throughout."
The Los Angeles Times (daily paper)

"Written with a researcher's attention to detail and a storyteller's ear."
The New York Times

"Destined to be a classic...Shenk's guided tour is free of medical jargon, filled instead with clear and sometimes memorable phrasing."
The Seattle Times

"An elegant new book .... [Previous Alzheimer's books] have rarely ventured beyond conventions of anguished family memoir, caregiver's survival guide or life-in-the-lab docu-drama. In ‘The Forgetting,' David Shenk attempts something grander, and succeeds admirably."

"A brilliant and quirky new book on Alzheimer's [that] offers food for thought on the unthinkable and a new, deeper understanding of the coming epidemic."
— Salon.com

"Compelling and immensely humane . . . . Shenk's integration of historical and scientific information and personal stories makes for an absorbing read."

"An excellent new book."
The New Yorker

"Fascinating...A quirky mix of medical history, the voices of patients and their families, and accounts of the search for a cure...Shenk makes the science understandable and recounts personal stories that are both moving and illuminating."
Business Week

"Carefully researched and engagingly written."
The Wall Street Journal

"A dazzling literary and scientific history of Alzheimer's disease."
The Detroit Free Press

"A sobering but important book."
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

"Fascinating....As good as the science in this book is, it takes a back seat to Shenk's eloquent reflections on the meaning of memory and aging, and their connection to our sense of self."
The Washington Monthly

"Completely absorbing, fascinating, the best of writing."
— Amy Tan
"The definitive work on Alzheimer's. A truly remarkable book."
— John Bayley

Reviews for the British edition:

"A startling book....[it] unfolds like a film, with several storylines racing to a finish."
The Daily Telegraph
"Shenk is a wonderful writer on science....He has an eye for the social and financial forces that shape scientific interests and he brings key players, whether proteins or people, to dramatic life."
The Independent
"[An] absorbing and enlightening book...an engrossing story."
The Times Literary Supplement

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