In pursuit of memory

The human being enjoys a life expectancy increasing. Medicine, good nutrition, personal care, make it possible. But the years can also bring diseases for which we do not yet have an adequate cure. Alzheimer’s is one of them, one of the most serious conditions and that implies greater problems for those who suffer it and for their environment. Losing memory, the memory of loved ones, even if we have them next to us, or of our own personal history, of our professional knowledge, is a terrible situation suffered by many individuals without medicine being able to do much for them.

In spite of everything, the fight against the Alzheimer, the subtitle of this book titled “In pursuit of the memory”, is a titanic initiative that has doubled in the last years and that is realized in several fronts. So important is this struggle that Joseph Jebelli, a well-known British neuroscientist, has wanted to devote a whole book to it. The work, the finalist of the award to the scientific book of the year by the Royal Society, is divided into five sections, through which Jebelli updates us on everything concerning the study of this disease.

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In the first, the author places us on the trail of the origin of Alzheimer’s, its discovery and characterization, and the confirmation that it is a condition of increasing incidence among the elderly population.

The second section deals with everything related to its diagnosis, to the medical research that surrounds the disease and to the future perspectives in the scientific fields involved.

Next, Jebelli dedicates the third section to the prevention of Alzheimer’s. Is it possible to do something to delay its appearance? It presents what we know so far about it, as the need to apply a series of physical and mental exercises to people who have already shown signs of suffering or for those who wish to have an old age where their appearance, if it happens, be delayed as much as possible.

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The fourth section is dedicated to experimentation. The works that during the last years have tried to deepen into the causes of Alzheimer’s and to put into practice possible ways of solving, although still speculative, are detailed.

Finally, the book concludes in its main body with a section in which the author lays the foundations for the treatments of the future, based on the more or less recent discoveries made by medical science in relation to Alzheimer’s.

It is a magnificently written work, which fully justifies its character as a finalist in such a prestigious scientific literature award. It provides all the necessary information, but it does so with an attractive and almost fictional style that will please the reader. To any reader, but especially to those people who have been affected in some way by Alzheimer’s through a relative or acquaintance. It will help them to better understand what they are facing, the necessary efforts to face it, and also as a beacon of hope for a difficult future.

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