The Forgetting. Understanding Alzheimer's: The New EpidemicBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7352.1528 (Published 22 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1528
- Andrew Moscrop, final year medical student
- Edinburgh University
Harper Collins, £15.99, pp 301
ISBN 0 00 257174 9
Journalist David Shenk has produced an insightful account of the experience, science, history, and potential future of Alzheimer's disease. He has also constructed a powerful challenge to our existing attitudes towards life, disease, and the direction of medical “progress.” All this is achieved with intelligence and objectivity in measured, yet compelling, prose.
Shenk contends that “a sharp unravelling of …