Publishers: Gmeiner Verlag

Dr. Alzheimer鈥檚 Secret
Das Geheimnis des Dr. Alzheimer

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Gmeiner Verlag
July 2017 / 275pp

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Dr Alzheimer鈥檚 Secret is a historical novel which gives a captivating account of the discovery of Alzheimer鈥檚 disease at the beginning of the twentieth century. 

Karl Walz grows up in difficult circumstances. After the death of his abusive father, his mother has to provide for the family by working as a prostitute. Suffering from syphilis, she dies at the Clinic for Nervous Diseases in Frankfurt when Karl is still a boy. After seeing his mother suffer and die under inhumane conditions, young Karl resolves to become a doctor. 

Auguste Deter, a former neighbour, acts as Karl鈥檚 foster mother, but when she begins to suffer from severe memory loss, she is sent to the clinic where Karl鈥檚 mother was treated. Karl visits her frequently and Dr Alzheimer soon takes notice of him. Karl becomes one of Alzheimer鈥檚 most diligent students and the doctor offers to pay for his higher education. The pair work together on the study of Auguste Deter鈥檚 new form of dementia: the first officially documented case of Alzheimer鈥檚 disease. 

The unfortunate proliferation of Alzheimer鈥檚 disease means that this timely novel will strike a chord with a wide readership.

about the author

J酶rn Precht estudi贸 Literatura Alemana e Inglesa en la Universidad de Stuttgart y escritura de guiones en Luisburgo. Trabaja escribiendo guiones radiof贸nicos y cinematogr谩ficos; pertenece a la Junta de la Agencia del Cine de Baden-W眉rttemberg y es profesor de narraci贸n transmedia y dramaturgia en la Escuela Superior de Medios de Comunicaci贸n de Stuttgart. Su obra escrita le ha granjeado numerosas distinciones y becas.

Obras anteriores:
Stuttgarter Geheimnisse & Flensburger Geheimnisse” (2016)

rights information

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Gmeiner Verlag GmbH (Alemania)
Contacto: Frank Liebsch o Sarah Mueck

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