Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Novel approach to signs of Alzheimer's

A new study has shown that studying literature has potential as a diagnostic tool for neural degeneration. Peter Garrard of UCL has found that Iris Murdoch's vocabulary and use of language was much simpler in her final novel, published a year before her diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease, than her earlier work. The story is covered today by the Guardian, Telegraph, The Times, and the Independent. There was also an interesting report on the Today Programme this morning (08.36 timeslot) on this, which included an interview with Murdoch's husband, John Bayley.

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