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Author Yu, Han, 1980- author.

Title Mind thief : the story of Alzheimer's / Han Yu
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2021]


Description 1 online resource (x, 345 pages) : illustrations
Contents Lost wives -- Cursed inheritance -- Learning to walk -- Searching for the Alzheimer's gene -- Late-onset Alzheimer's -- The paradigm -- Eli Lilly and mice -- Inhibitors that can't inhibit -- Poison or cure : Alzheimer's vaccine -- Eli Lilly's three expeditions -- Taoism and tau mice -- Apples, oysters, and underdogs -- Type 3 diabetes -- Ketones : the brain fuel -- Insulin fixes -- Bacteria in the brain -- Eat your vegetables (and berries) -- Blood, heart, and brain -- A missed opportunity -- Paradigm shift (?) -- An enriched life -- Epilogue
Summary "Alzheimer's disease, a haunting and harrowing ailment, is one of the world's most common causes of death. Alzheimer's lingers for years, with patients' outward appearance unaffected while their cognitive functions fade away. Patients lose the ability to work and live independently, to remember and recognize. There is still no proven way to treat Alzheimer's because its causes remain unknown. Mind Thief is a comprehensive and engaging history of Alzheimer's that demystifies efforts to understand the disease. Beginning with the discovery of "presenile dementia" in the early twentieth century, Han Yu examines over a century of research and controversy. She presents the leading hypotheses for what causes Alzheimer's; discusses each hypothesis's tangled origins, merits, and gaps; and details their successes and failures. Yu synthesizes a vast amount of medical literature, historical studies, and media interviews, telling the gripping stories of researchers' struggles while situating science in its historical, social, and cultural contexts. Her chronicling of the trajectory of Alzheimer's research deftly balances rich scientific detail with attention to the wider implications. In narrating the attempts to find a treatment, Yu also offers a critical account of research and drug development and a consideration of the philosophy of aging"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Han Yu is a professor in the Department of English at Kansas State University, where she teaches technical communication, science writing, and engineering writing. She is the author of The Other Kind of Funnies: Comics in Technical Communication (2015) and Communicating Genetics: Visualizations and Representations (2017)
In English
Online resource; title from digital title page (De Gruyter, viewed November 4, 2021)
Subject Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer's disease -- History
Alzheimer Disease
Alzheimer Disease -- history
HEALTH & FITNESS / Diseases / Alzheimer's & Dementia.
SCIENCE / History
Alzheimer's disease
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020019016
ISBN 9780231552769