The Thousand Mile Stare: One Family's Journey through the Struggle and Science of Alzheimer's [NOOK Book]

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Interweaving cutting-edge medical science with a poignant family chronicle, The Thousand Mile Stare is the true story of one family's discovery that it carries a unique gene for Early Onset Alzheimer's. When most members of the Reiswig family reach their 40's, something in their demeanor changes. A normally responsible father assigns a dangerous farm chore to a much-too-young son. A vigilant grandfather drives in front of an oncoming train. And they all develop what the author calls "the thousand mile stare" -- a...
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The Thousand Mile Stare: One Family's Journey through the Struggle and Science of Alzheimer's

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Overview

Interweaving cutting-edge medical science with a poignant family chronicle, The Thousand Mile Stare is the true story of one family's discovery that it carries a unique gene for Early Onset Alzheimer's. When most members of the Reiswig family reach their 40's, something in their demeanor changes. A normally responsible father assigns a dangerous farm chore to a much-too-young son. A vigilant grandfather drives in front of an oncoming train. And they all develop what the author calls "the thousand mile stare" -- a blank, wistful gaze off into the distance, as though they are trying to locate some vital piece of themselves that has been lost. From the author's story of his ancestral roots in a small German town, to Dr. Alois Alzheimer's discovery of the disease, to the Reiswig's triumphs and tragedies on their Oklahoma farm, to a modern-day medical research lab, to a Congressional hearing room in Washington, D.C., this book offers profound insight into the devastating world of Alzheimer's, and hope for the development of a cure.
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Alzheimer's disease has had an impact on myriad families, yet few have been as drastically affected as the Reiswigs. Here, Reiswig describes what it is like to grow up in a family plagued by the Alzheimer's gene. Long before Alzheimer's became a household word, the Reiswig family watched one relative after another undergo personality changes and forgetfulness before old age. Initially embarrassed to comment in public and then driven to find answers, the family participated in research studies aimed at locating the genes responsible for early-onset Alzheimer's disease. The story of a family wrought with fear, desperation, grief, shame, self-doubt, and denial is interspersed with brief, jargon-free comments on research relating to the disease. VERDICT Though not a source for the latest treatments or scientific facts, Reiswig's moving account will connect with readers who have been touched by this devastating disease.—Tina Neville, Univ. of South Florida at St. Petersburg Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857884661
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 893,169
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2010

    A horrifying disease

    My step-dad is one of the individuals talked about in this book. He was ripped out of our lives from this horrible disease at just the age of 54. What Alz. has done to this family is beyond words.

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