Dr Jules Montague
Consultant neurologist and author
Dr Jules Montague MB MRCPI PhD is a consultant neurologist and author. She is originally from Dublin and studied Medicine at Trinity College before moving to London nine years ago. She also volunteers as a neurologist in Mozambique and India each year.
Jules is the author of 'Lost and Found', a book about identity and the brain. She is currently scripting a crime drama and working on her second book.
As a neurologist, Jules sees patients with a range of conditions including Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, ALS, epilepsy, migraines, sleep disorders, and brain tumours. Her clinical sub-specialty is young-onset dementia - patients who develop memory and behavioural changes as early as their 20's. Some of her most challenging work is in the intensive care setting where she sees patients who have suffered catastrophic brain injuries.
Her most recent medical work has taken her to Assam, a state in northeastern India. Her parents moved from there to Ireland some 45 years ago.
Jules writes regularly for the Guardian and her features have also appeared in BBC Future, Granta, Mosaic, Aeon, The Verge, and the Independent. She writes on subjects as diverse as false memories, LSD, tribal medicine, artificial intelligence, sperm donation, vaccination, HIV in sex workers, and Munchausen syndrome.
Her bestselling book, Lost and Found: Memory, Identity, and Who We Become When We're No Longer Ourselves (Sceptre 2018), explores what remains of the person when the pieces of their mind go missing - from dementia and brain injury to sleep disorders and multiple personality disorder. Lost and Found has featured on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3, Sky News and in the Sunday Times Daily Mail, and Telegraph.