Rated of 5
by Sandy A summary of current memory loss research
I was extremely interested in the subject matter having lost two of my grandparents to Alzheimer's in recent years. Although Halpern did provide me with a better understanding of the disease, some of the more technical aspects were a bit boring. I was hoping from the title that the book would announce a real breakthrough in the area of memory recovery or battling dementia, but such a breakthrough appears to be quite a ways off. This book is essentially a summary of the author's meetings over the past number of years with neuroscientists and others chasing a cure for memory related diseases.
What I did find enlightening - yet deeply disturbing - was the description of the manner in which research is carried out. It would appear most researchers tend to work secretly and independently from one another with a primary goal of publishing first or obtaining key patents that will result in profits for shareholders, rather than working together with the goal of finding a cure.
Rated of 5
by Phoenix Forgettable, Can't Remember
The author seems to be telling of her experience in researching the book; not giving a clear picture of the current research for memory loss. Ms. Halpern sited many studies, but none gave true hope for the victims of Alzheimer's or other illness. I was disappointed.
Rated of 5
by Mary Disappointing
As a member of the medical profession and as someone who has a family member with dementia, I looked forward to reading this book. I was sorely disappointed. Ms. Halpern appeared to be unable to decide whether she was telling her own story or giving a synopsis of current research in the area of memory loss. The title leads one to believe that this is a light read -- reader beware! Details of memory research are technical and boring. Ms. Halpern should stick to 1000 word articles for magazines as she was clearly out of her depth in writing this work. I really wanted to like the book, but it was an exercise in futility.
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