Marc Schwob

Memory, how to preserv it and develop it Publication date : September 9, 2004

Memory is the cognitive function that is most often solicited by our acts. It intervenes when we remember or recall such varied types of information as a telephone number, the events of the previous weekend, an appointment, where we put our keys, the name of a given object or of someone that we have just met, or a historical date. But memory also plays an essential role in other cognitive activities, such as reading, reasoning, mental arithmetic, and the creation of mental images. Whether voluntarily or involuntarily, memory is constantly called into play.
Given the major role that memory plays in our daily lives, what can be done to preserve and maintain it? What can be done so that Alzheimer’s, which already afflicts half a million people in France alone, does not become even more widespread during the next few years? How can it be detected? What tests are available? How can this scourge be stopped?
This clear, precise, didactic work, free of medical jargon, is illustrated with numerous examples. It will enable readers to understand the nature of memory as a whole and its various components and aspects: sources, mechanisms, human and universal dimensions, mnesic disorders and diseases, and specific types of treatment. This is also a practical work. The author explains that memory depends on our physical and psychological well-being, and describes what to do to stay in shape, so as to preserve our memory till the end of our lives.

A psychiatrist in the Paris hospital system, Doctor Marc Schwob has been working for many years on memory disorders. A research fellow in neuro-psychobiology at the Universities of Paris VII and Paris V, he is the founder of the Institute on Research into Memory, an association of physicians working to prevent the rise in memory disorders, particularly Alzheimer’s disease. He is the author of Guérir la migraine.