I was very interested to read of this Italian initiative of listening to the patient, which took place earlier this month, as featured in the Corriere della Sera.
My book on The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer’s Disease Life-Writing has been released. Thanks to Wellcome Trust funding the book is open access and you can download it free from the publisher’s website (click here).
…it is becoming increasingly obvious that there is unlikely to be a silver bullet solution to such a complex disease [like Alzheimer’s …]. What is needed is a much more holistic approach to the whole disease, rather than trying to compartmentalise it neatly within an ‘amyloid hypothesis’, a ‘Tau hypothesis’ or anything else.
Criticism related to the continued large-scale investment in drug development that builds on one specific disease hypothesis. The full article containing the above quote can be found in Chemistry World.
For a recent scientific review that ‘explores the proposition that we are over-reliant on amyloid to define and diagnose AD and that the time has come to face our fears and reject the amyloid cascade hypothesis’, see for example Karl Herrup’s Perspective article in Nature Neuroscience.
My recent article on ‘Alzheimer’s Disease Metaphors as Mirrors and Lens to the Stigma of Dementia’ (you can read it free here) in Literature and Medicine has been commented on in the New York Magazine. Read more here: How do you write about something like Alzheimer’s?