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Max, D.T. The family that couldn't sleep; a medical mystery.

MAX, D.T. The family that couldn't sleep; a medical mystery. Read by Grover Gardner. 7 cds. 9 hrs. Tantor Media. 2006. 1-4001-0289-8. $29.99. Vinyl; content, author, reader notes. SA

This is a fascinating account of the "prion," a word that refers to a type of infectious agent made only of protein. Prions infect and propagate by refolding abnormally and are resistant to destruction by heat, radiation, and other treatments. Prion diseases can be inherited, as in fatal familial insomnia (the Italian family that couldn't sleep): they include other fatal neurological disorders such as Mad Cow and scrapies. Gardner's narration is outstanding as he reads with a brisk pace and with genuine interest. Only occasionally does he give voices to the people involved, but when he does the accents are perfect. For scientifically minded YAs and adults: this should turn all who listen into consumers of organic-only meat and poultry. Prion diseases are scary. Sue Rosenzweig, Consultant, Lincoln, RI

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Date:May 1, 2007
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