D. T. Max has written a biography of sorts about a family plagued by insominia. The malady remained a mysteria from the 1760s when it was first reported to the 1990s when it was recognized as a genetic disorder. Max, a gifted science writer, empathetically illuminates the story of the afflicted family by linking it to the English mad-cow epidemic, medical and biological theory, and related issues.
Ultimately, I look for books that inform, are well written and well read. This book fills the bill on all three counts. I picked it up for the discipline of learning about topics outside my field of reference. I was not disappointed.
This is an excellent book for those individuals who have diseases for which scientists have not yet found a cure such as Parkinson's disease and any other one caused by the deterioration of proteins. The book is very well-written for the lay person and it is quite entertaining as well.
Thorough and informative, interesting despite the somewhat random topic. Covers the entire gamut of "prion" self-replicating proteins and the damage they have wrought upon both man and beast, and the brains of those unfortunate enough to become afflicted. Narrator is somewhat nasal but carries the narrative well.
The title is a bit misleading. The book is informative, but more about Mad Cow Disease then the actual condition and lives of the family that is afflicted with this disease.