Briefly Noted: New Yorker Book Review of My Father's Brain - Sandeep Jauhar
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Briefly Noted: New Yorker Book Review of My Father’s Brain

Briefly Noted: New Yorker Book Review of My Father’s Brain

“Spanning seven years, this incisive memoir relates the decline of the author’s father, an eminent agricultural scientist, after a dementia diagnosis. Sandeep, a physician, examines the history and science of dementia and the ethics of making decisions on behalf of the cognitively impaired. He is clear-eyed about his and his siblings’ shortcomings and about the social factors that exacerbate the challenges of helping the elderly. These include cultural biases against those perceived as not rational and Western individualism, which discourages intergenerational homes and thereby increases the obstacles to collective caretaking….”