The strange, hopeful science of dementia

November 22, 2016 at 10:16 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Latetfb_coverr this week my new book The Fragile Brain is due to be published by Oxford University Press.

The Fragile Brain was the most difficult project I have ever attempted. Dementia science is exceptionally complicated, even by the high standards of brain research. I have done my best to distill down a vast literature and to explain the intricate web of findings as clearly as possible.

I hope that readers will find the book useful – and also encouraging, because I do think that we are approaching something of a golden age for dementia research. Funding is rising, as is public awareness, while dementia rates may be falling at last. New techniques are accelerating the science. New treatments – after a long list of failures – are finally emerging.

The Fragile Brain was written in part to provide a lucid summary of a tough but important topic. It also arose from my own need to know more about dementia and other age-related brain conditions. Like very many other people, I have recently had personal experience of how these illnesses can stress and torment a family. That history was always in my thoughts as I wrote the book. If you are affected directly or indirectly by dementia, your experience will likely weigh heavily on your mind. I wish you well.

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