Terry Pratchett Fights Alzheimers with Infrared Helmet

I’m sure most of you are aware that Terry Pratchett, the legendary author of the Discworld series, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. To help his fight, Sir Pratchett is wearing an experimental helmet that looks like something straight out of a science fiction movie. Check it out:

Designed by Doctor Gordon Dougal, the helmet blasts the patient’s head with waves of infrared light. Just wear it for a few minutes per day, and the device will allegedly stimulate the growth of new brain cells.

Science fiction writer Sir Terry, 60, diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2007, wore the strange-looking headgear once a day for three months and noticed a small improvement, his agent confirmed.

Let’s just hope this new treatment works, not just for the sake of Terry, but also for his horde of loyal fans.

[Via Gizmodo | Daily Mail]

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8 Responses to Terry Pratchett Fights Alzheimers with Infrared Helmet

  1. I assume the poster is American. When the title “Sir” is used you always include the first name – so it should be “Sir Terry” or “Sir Terry Pratchett”, but never “Sir Pratchett”.
    An American hotel bellboy once made this mistake with the famous poet Sir Stephen Spender and went through the hotal lobby paging “Sir Spender” in a load voice and looking very embarrassed!

  2. I assume the poster is American. When the title "Sir" is used you always include the first name – so it should be "Sir Terry" or "Sir Terry Pratchett", but never "Sir Pratchett".

    An American hotel bellboy once made this mistake with the famous poet Sir Stephen Spender and went through the hotal lobby paging "Sir Spender" in a load voice and looking very embarrassed!

  3. My Mother has Alzheimer’s disease and we don’t need any false hopes or snake oil products. Has anyone done research on this “Head Gear”?

    Also: As far as I know, in America we don’t use the titles “Sir” or “Lord” (and let us hope we never do). So I don’t see why this bellboy should be embarrassed paging Sir Spender in a loud voice. But if you are a writer you do need little tidbits like this.
    Thanks!
    //bob

    • The point, which Bob seems to have missed, is that what the bellboy seemed to be shouting was “suspender”, hence his embarrassment.
      Being American is no excuse for ignorance, unless your name’s George W. of course.

    • The point, which Bob seems to have missed, is that what the bellboy seemed to be shouting was “suspender”, hence his embarrassment.
      Being American is no excuse for ignorance, unless your name’s George W. of course.

  4. My Mother has Alzheimer’s disease and we don't need any false hopes or snake oil products. Has anyone done research on this "Head Gear"?

    Also: As far as I know, in America we don't use the titles "Sir" or "Lord" (and let us hope we never do). So I don't see why this bellboy should be embarrassed paging Sir Spender in a loud voice. But if you are a writer you do need little tidbits like this.

    Thanks!

    //bob

    • The point, which Bob seems to have missed, is that what the bellboy seemed to be shouting was "suspender", hence his embarrassment.

      Being American is no excuse for ignorance, unless your name's George W. of course.