The Inheritance: A Family on the Front Lines of the Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease PDF ebook Free
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By (author): Niki Kapsambelis
Every sixty-nine seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Of the top ten killers, it is the only disease for which there is no cure or treatment. For most people, there is nothing that they can do to fight back. But one family is doing all they can.
The DeMoe family has the most devastating form of the disease that there is: early onset Alzheimer’s, an inherited genetic mutation that causes the disease in 100 percent of cases, and has a 50 percent chance of being passed onto the next generation. Of the six DeMoe children whose father had it, five have inherited the gene; the sixth, Karla, has inherited responsibility for all of them. But rather than give up in the face of such news, the DeMoes have agreed to spend their precious, abbreviated years as part of a worldwide study that could utterly change the landscape of Alzheimer’s research and offers the brightest hope for future treatments—and possibly a cure.
Drawing from several years of in-depth research with this charming and upbeat family, journalist Niki Kapsambelis tells the story of Alzheimer’s through the humanizing lens of these ordinary people made extraordinary by both their terrible circumstances and their bravery. Their tale is intertwined with the dramatic narrative history of the disease, the cutting-edge research that brings us ever closer to a possible cure, and the accounts of the extraordinary doctors spearheading these groundbreaking studies. From the oil fields of North Dakota to the jungles of Colombia, this incredible narrative redefines courage in the face of one of the most pervasive and mysterious pandemics of our time.
- Hardcover:368 pages
- Publisher:Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (March 7, 2017)
“Kapsambelis skillfully interweaves the quest to conquer Alzheimer’s with the saga of a few families at the center of the latest research….At its most compelling, The Inheritance is a portrait of the DeMoes’ experience as both Alzheimer’s sufferers and research subjects.”
—Wall Street Journal
“A model of immersion journalism, it is especially notable for its specificity and author Niki Kapsambelis’ empathy. The DeMoes laid bare their lives, and Kapsambelis repays their candor with a warts-and-all portrait softened by fondness and respect.”
“In sometimes heartbreaking detail, The Inheritance describes the impact of the disease on individual family members.”
“Excellent, accessible…. A science text that reads like a mystery and treats its subjects with humanity and sympathy, this volume should be of interest to everyone, as Alzheimer’s is now known to be a major cause of dementia in the elderly and because we are facing a potential epidemic as the baby boom generation ages.”
—Library Journal, starred review
“Kapsambelis, an empathetic reporter and storyteller, obviously cares deeply for the DeMoes… With its ethical quandaries and likeable characters, this absorbing story will be of interest to medically curious readers.”