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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a multiauthored book on Parkinson's disease intended to be a comprehensive guide to the topic.
Purpose: The objective of this book is to bring together the views of varying health specialists in approaching those individuals with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers. This book succeeds in bringing together a holistic picture of persons with Parkinson's disease. The authors' objectives are well met here.
Audience: The book is written for anyone caring for patients with Parkinson's disease. Students, postgraduate physicians, and practitioners will benefit from this well-written book.
Features: The organization and pagination of this book are outstanding. After a history of the disease, the neurochemical mechanisms of Parkinson's disease are reviewed. Then come extensive clinical sections on diagnosis and assessment; maintenance therapy; management of complex clinical problems (e.g., cognitive changes, swallowing disorders); and palliative care. The discussion of treating psychosis in persons with Parkinson's disease is outstanding. The diagram suggesting how to withdraw medications in a stepwise fashion is brilliant.
Assessment: This is a brilliant monograph on an important disease. The clear lucid style of writing here is typical of the best of British medical writing. Nothing about the British point of view limits its usefulness to a North American audience. It would have been better to give the actual assessment tools to measure the severity of the disease, rather than bibliographic citations given together in one of the appendixes, but this is a minor point. Every physician treating persons with Parkinson's disease would benefit from reading this book.