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The Alzheimer Conundrum by Margaret Lock

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Chapter 8

Chance Untamed and the Return of Fate

Life is an adventure in a world where nothing is static; where unpredictable and ill-understood events constitute dangers that must be overcome, often blindly and at great cost; where man himself, like the sorcerer’s apprentice, has set in motion forces that are potentially destructive and many someday escape his control … complete and lasting freedom from disease is but a dream.

—René Dubos, Mirage of Health1

A two-day meeting titled “Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit 2012: Path to Treatment and Prevention” was held at the National Institutes of Health in Washington in May of that year. The stated goal of the summit was to find effective prevention and treatment approaches for Alzheimer’s disease ...

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