Non Fiction

Mind Thief: The Story of Alzheimer’s by Han Yu


This is a frightening disease, and the book traces its history from the man it got its name from and the different types. There is no conclusion or speculation about the cures, but detailed information on all the investigations is provided.
I felt like it worked as a combination for laypeople and people who have knowledge of science because of a few reasons. The narrative style and the focus on informing the reader felt like it targeted those who do not have a working knowledge of things. On the other hand, the details of the results and related information veer into the scientific range. Understanding what the doctors/researchers saw and what they did with it is important, but it also meant I could not read it at a stretch. I had to put it down between chapters but found it all fascinating.
I picked this book up thanks to a prior need to understand the disease, and I must admit I got the information I was hoping for. I now know when the larger scientific community started focussing on it and the current issues holding people back from a real solution.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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