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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, this book was written for you. Parkinson's disease is one of the most common neurologic illnesses, one that often has devastating effects on patients and their families. Because the disease is progressive and disabling, the diagnosis is likely to be traumatic.

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Overview

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, this book was written for you. Parkinson's disease is one of the most common neurologic illnesses, one that often has devastating effects on patients and their families. Because the disease is progressive and disabling, the diagnosis is likely to be traumatic.

This compassionate, informative, and essentially practical book will help fill the gap too often left in doctor-patient communication. Patients are often given only minimal information about their condition and its treatment, with the family left to adapt as best they can to the long-term demands of the illness. This practical, detailed guide provides full up-to-date information about:

  • The symptoms of the disease and its possible causes.
  • The process of diagnosis and the likely course of the illness.
  • Various types of treatment, including medication and surgery.
  • The implications of the disease for work, daily activities, finance, and personal and social relationships.
  • What both patients and families can do to minimize and cope with the stresses they will have to face.
  • Support groups and other organizations that can offer help.

Although Parkinson's disease inevitably has a major effect on the well-being and social life of patient and family, the valuable advice offered in this book will lighten the load and ease the challenge of coping.

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The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Family Caregiver Alliance
"A comprehensive guide for people with Parkinson's Disease and their caregivers... Personal stories are interjected throughout, making the book more real and less clinical."— Family Caregiver Alliance
Family Caregiver Alliance
A comprehensive guide for people with Parkinson's Disease and their caregivers. Topics include medical treatment, living with Parkinson's, self-help strategies, and financial and legal issues. It is one of the few books that also includes a chapter on Parkinson's and dementia. Personal stories are interjected throughout, making the book more real and less clinical. Most of the chapters include summaries at the for quick review and reference.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781888799385
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Marjan Jahanshahi works at the Institute of Neurology and the National Hospital for Neurology and Surgery, where she is researching Parkinson's disease and dystonia. She has published many papers in scientific journals.

The late Professor David Marsden was Dean of the Institute of Neurology and an internationally respected authority on movement disorders, with many hundreds of published papers to his credit.

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Table of Contents

Parkinson's Disease: The Medical Facts
What Is Parkinson's Disease?
Diagnosis and Prognosis
The Medical and Surgical Treatment of Parkinson's Disease
Living With Parkinson's Disease
Chronic Illness
From the Perspective of the Person with the Illness
From the Family's Perspective
Parkinson's Disease and Dementia
Young-Onset Parkinson's Disease
Coping With Parkinson's Disease
Getting Help from Others
Self-Help Strategies for the Person with the Illness: Minimizing Disability and Preventing Handicap
Self-Help Strategies for the Person with the Illness: Maintaining Emotional Well-Being
Self-Help Strategies for Families
Past Perspective and Future Horizons

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2008

    Good book

    For the most part the book is written so that the average person can understand it. Buying it used was a good choice. I have been disappointed by no support groups that are offered in my area and this book helped with understanding the condition.

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