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Lost and Found: Why Losing Our Memories Doesn't Mean Losing Ourselves

Jules Montague

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Alzheimer’s & dementia, Popular psychology

'Exquisite . . . a book for anyone with a loved one with dementia. In Montague's hands this landscape is rendered more bearable.' Irish Times

'A profoundly moving book . . . Jules Montague is writing about whatit is to be human and the surprising fragility of our sense of self.' Daily Mail
Who do you become when your mind misbehaves?

Neurologist Dr Jules Montague blends stories of her patients experiencing dementia, brain injury and other neurological disorder with profound insights on what makes us who we are. At once poignant and consoling, this revelatory book explores how we lose ourselves and those around us - and how we can be found again.

Lost and Found is a fascinating and timely examination of happens to the person left behind when memories disappear, personality changes, and consciousness is disrupted.

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Praise for Lost and Found: Why Losing Our Memories Doesn't Mean Losing Ourselves

  • This is a book for anyone wanting to understand the human brain and personhood; it is a book for anyone with a loved one with dementia and for those of us who fear dementia . . . Montague takes the reader on an exquisite journey into the human brain and beyond that, to the metaphysics of personhood . . . Occasionally we come across a physicist or economist who, despite their subject matter, can stop you in your tracks. They reel you in without you realising. Montague is a neurologist who does exactly that. She has a rare gift: she makes her craft look simple . . . Throughout this book Montague displays a maturity and wisdom not always observed in clinicians or indeed any other kind of human. - Irish Times

  • A profoundly moving, revelatory book... Like the late Oliver Sacks, Jules Montague writes about bizarre cases. ...And yet, she is also writing about what it is to be human and the surprising fragility of our sense of self.' - Daily Mail

  • Beautifully written . . . a great book.

  • Mind-blowing . . . riveting. - Irish Country Magazine

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Jules Montague

Jules Montague is a consultant neurologist in London, a job she combines with work in Mozambique and India each year. Originally from a seaside town in Ireland, Jules studied Medicine at Trinity College, Dublin. Her clinical sub-specialty is young-onset dementia - patients who develop memory and behavioural changes as early as their twenties. Some of her most challenging work is in the intensive care setting where she sees patients who have suffered catastrophic brain injuries. She writes regularly for the Guardian and her work has also been featured in Granta, Mosaic, Aeon, NME, The Verge, the Independent, the Lancet, and on the BBC.

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