Making And Remaking Alzheimer Disease
I … now see my reluctance to apply the term Alzheimer’s to my father as a way of protecting the specificity of Earl Franzen from the generality of a named condition. Conditions have symptoms; symptoms point to the organic basis of everything we are. They point to the brain as meat. And, where I ought to recognize that, yes, the brain is meat, I seem instead to maintain a blind spot across which I then interpolate stories that emphasize the more soul-like aspects of the self.
—Jonathan Franzen, “My Father’s Brain”1
In January 2011 I attended a lecture delivered in an engaging manner in a Montréal hospital about pathbreaking basic science research in connection with amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary ...