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Science Snag #3: Iris Closing

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A vocabulary analysis of the final book by British novelist Iris Murdoch reveals the early stages of the Alzheimer's disease that killed her, neuroscientists have found. The discovery shows that even before she was diagnosed with the disease, her work betrayed the subtle signs of her condition.

The vocabulary of Jackson's Dilemma, published shortly before Murdoch was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1995, is less rich than that of an earlier work The Sea, The Sea, published at the height of her powers in 1978. A team of British researchers made the discovery by using text-analysis software to compare the variety of words used in three of her novels.

From: "Iris Murdoch's last book reveals early Alzheimer's",


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What a frightening story, and very sad. With a grandmother, aunt, and mother all either diagnosed or showing signs of Alzheimer's, it's especially scary to me.

Good god. My jaw actually dropped in surprise. Wow. I don't mean metaphorically, I mean literally.

That's absolutely incredible, and yet makes perfect sense.

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