Dr Jules Montague is a consultant neurologist in London, a job she combines with medical work in Mozambique and India each year. Her specialty is young onset dementia, in which patients develop memory and behavioural changes from as early as their twenties. In her book, Lost and Found, she explores what remains of the person left behind when the pieces of their mind go missing – from dementia and brain injury to sleep disorders, LSD trips and multiple personality disorder. If a loved one changes as a result of a brain disorder, are they still the same person? And could a brain disorder enhance your identity rather than damage it?
Lost and Found: Memory, Identity, and Who We Become When We’re No Longer Ourselves is published by Sceptre.
To show that brain disorders do not inevitably decimate identity. For patients and families who exist in a state where there only appears to be hurt, there might just lie overwhelming hope.
Favourite TED Talk:
What really happens at the end of life