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Brain in A Jar

A Daughter's Journey Through Her Father's Memory
Brain in A Jar
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"'Promise me something, Gal, ' he said. 'Anything, ' I answered. 'Swear that you will put a gun to my head if I wind up like my father.' Nancy Stearns Bercaw crossed her fingers the day she promised to kill her father. Instead she promised herself to one day tell his story, and in this unflinchingly honest memoir she recounts her life with Dr. Beauregard Lee Bercaw, or "Beau," who became a neurologist in response to watching his own father deteriorate and die of Alzheimer's. For many years Beau kept an autopsied brain in a jar on the desk in his office as a constant reminder of the struggle that he waged against the disease first with his patients, and ultimately for himself as he succumbed to its effects. This is also the story of the author's own struggle to establish her identity and to navigate the treacherous and ever-changing emotional terrain of her relationship with her father, as she literally traveled the world in her quest to make sense of both of their lives"--Cover.
Authors: Bercaw, Nancy Stearns, 1964-
Statement of Responsibility: Nancy Stearns Bercaw ; [with an introduction by former U.S. Senator, Bob Kerrey, & former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich.]
Title: Brain in a jar
a daughter's journey through her father's memory
Characteristics: 197 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "'Promise me something, Gal, ' he said. 'Anything, ' I answered. 'Swear that you will put a gun to my head if I wind up like my father.' Nancy Stearns Bercaw crossed her fingers the day she promised to kill her father. Instead she promised herself to one day tell his story, and in this unflinchingly honest memoir she recounts her life with Dr. Beauregard Lee Bercaw, or "Beau," who became a neurologist in response to watching his own father deteriorate and die of Alzheimer's. For many years Beau kept an autopsied brain in a jar on the desk in his office as a constant reminder of the struggle that he waged against the disease first with his patients, and ultimately for himself as he succumbed to its effects. This is also the story of the author's own struggle to establish her identity and to navigate the treacherous and ever-changing emotional terrain of her relationship with her father, as she literally traveled the world in her quest to make sense of both of their lives"--Cover.
Subject Headings: Fathers and daughters Biography Neurologists Biography Alzheimer's disease Biography Bercaw, Nancy Stearns Bercaw, Beauregard Lee
Topical Term: Fathers and daughters
Neurologists
Alzheimer's disease
Additional Contributors: Gingrich, Newt
Kerrey, Robert 1943-
LCCN: 2013931080
ISBN: 1937968057
9781937968052
Branch Call Number: RC523.2 .B47 2013
616.831 B
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