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What you need to know about Alzheimer's
Medina, John, 1956-
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[Oakland, Calif.] : New Harbinger ; [Irvine, CA] : CME, Inc., [1999]

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165 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Defining Alzheimer's disease -- Discovering why Alzheimer's destroys the brain -- Caring for the Alzheimer's patient -- Appendixes.
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RC523.2 .M43 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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One in 10 people over age 65 are likely to develop Alzheimer's disease; for people over age 85 the disease will strike one in two. Molecular biologist John Medina has brought together the information that those affected by the disease most need to know. He provides a detailed overview of the symptoms, explains the underlying biology, includes information about the medications and other treatments used to manage the condition, and offers practical guidance for coping with the hardships of caring for an Alzheimer's patient. Over 150 full colour illustrations help present the complex material in an easy-to-understand format.

Author Notes

Dr. John Medina is a molecular biologist at the University of Washington School of Medicine. A former graphic artist and illustrator, Dr. Medina was awarded the Marion Merrill Dow Teacher of the Year Award in 1994.

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Booklist Review

Four million in the U.S. now have Alzheimer's, and that number is quite likely exceeded by that of family members and friends involved in their daily care. This is a lot of people, many of them worried, confused, and nearly burned out. Molecular biologist Medina, whose Clock of Ages (1996) is one of the best recent books on aging, looks closely and clearly at Alzheimer's for caregivers, and his prior experience as a graphic artist makes him even better suited to produce such a book. He neatly combines journal entries by the daughter of a retired pediatrician with Alzheimer's and a text and illustrations that make sense of the disease. He shows how Alzheimer's develops; explains what is known, what is guesswork, and what is still unknown medically and scientifically about it; and offers practical, specific advice for daily caregivers. He sets the book's tone early: "Alzheimer's is not a fault, it is a disease." Lists of sources for further help and of well-chosen readings conclude the book. --William Beatty