Alzheimer's is the most common form of the mental degeneration that has struck more than 4 million of America's elderly. Yet, as Dr. Muriel R. Gillick convincingly demonstrates, confusion and loss of memory in any form is a disease known as dementia, and not an inevitable part of aging. Tangled Minds provides a comprehensive overview of dementia, its history, the politics of its fight for recognition, its pathology, the research being done to ascertain its causes, and the treatments now being used to ameliorate its symptoms. Weaving these details around the story of the decline of one Alzheimer's patient, Gillick provides a human interest story that is also an analytical study. Lucid on medical details while fully capturing the pathos of dementia with insight and compassion, Tangled Minds will be an invaluable resource for family, friends, caregivers, and professionals dealing with Alzheimer's and similar disorders. •Dementia has affected 4 million Americans. •As baby boomers age they want information about the disease that will increasingly affect their lives. •Muriel Gillick's book is more comprehensive and thoughtful than the conventional self-help books available on the subject.