Dr Kylie Ladd is a neuropsychologist specialising in the early detection of dementia, and co-author of Living With Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias (Michelle Anderson Publishing, 2006). She is also the author of five novels, most recently The Way Back (Allen & Unwin, 2018).
Before the flood
The memory doctor. It’s a misnomer, because whatever I might be able to do, I can’t fix memory. No one can. Bones regrow, cuts heal, but memory – once lost – is usually gone for good… We are essentially born with all the neurons we will ever possess. Unlike other cells in the body, those in the brain do not replicate or reproduce.
The unexpected idea
ReportageON A WINTER'S day in 1869, Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleev sat at his desk trying to write a textbook on chemistry. Almost from the start, he had had difficulty structuring the material. Sixty-three elements were known at the time,...