In 2020, nearly 6 million Americans had Alzheimer's, and more than half a million died because of the disease and its devastating complications. As the numbers rise, how will the medical community keep up with this daunting and labor-intensive issue? Offering case studies and a meditation on the disease, physician Jason Karlawish traces Alzheimer's from its beginnings to its recognition as a crisis. While taking stock of decades of missed opportunities and our health care systems' failures to take action, Karlawish explains the biomedical breakthroughs that may allow Alzheimer's to finally be prevented.
"A meticulous and deeply researched inquiry into one of the most mysterious illnesses that affects humans. Karlawish blends history and science with his effortless storytelling abilities, resulting in an elegant work."—Siddhartha Mukherjee