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Firsthand Experience Fuels The 'Pursuit Of Memory'

Neuroscientist Joseph Jebelli's new book about the fight against Alzheimer's draws on his own personal passions; his grandfather developed the disease and eventually stopped recognizing his grandson.
'In Pursuit of Memory' by Joseph Jebelli Source: Little, Brown and Company

At one point in Joseph Jebelli's new book , the author interviews Carol Jennings, an elderly woman who lives in Coventry, England. Diagnosed with Alzheimer's, she furrows her brow as she attempts to describe what the onset of the disease felt like — an attempt hampered, of course, by the disease itself. "For a while things were going ... a bit pear-shaped ... there was sort of thing, I'm sure, that was ... a little bit ... strange," she says, grasping

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