I enjoyed this book for the most part, once I got past the beginning. I am very interested in dementia as I had a grandfather that suffered from alzheimers. I have read articles and books on the brain, alzheimers and autism. I find it facination and informative.
This book had some good information. However, the beginning is so long and boring, full of explinations of anatomy. I understand that some set up is neccessary. Fine, I'll wade through what ever setup is applicable to the subject at hand. However, i don't want to sit through hours of not only anatomy lessons and cell types, but a history lesson of not only who discovered the cells/processes, where they discovered them and how, but also THEIR history, such as who made a mad dash for the north pole and who went on to invent mining machinery. Seriously? How is any of that relevent AT ALL? Why do I need to know that so-and-so who discovered x-y-z cells or invented such-and-such cell staining methods was also an althetic dare devil who journeyed to the north pole in a boat drozen in an ice sheet, had to eat his dogs to survive and lived with eskimos? I don't. It drove me crazy and made me dislike the begining of this book. It was bad, and went on and on and on. This whole mess is in terrible need of an editor. I kept asking myself how this extrainious information made it into the book, and the only explination I could come up with, was that is was fluff to fill up space in a book that would have been much shorter.
The narrator did a good job though. Even through the boring, extrainious information, he had a good tone of voice, conveying interest and emotion.
The real subject of the title, disorders and illnesses and such, didn't start until 1.5 hours into it. If you already know the anatomy of cells, the brain, the nervous system and the methods of study/staining, you could probably skip to the 1.5 hours mark and not miss anything.
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