Parkinson's Disease: A Guide for Patient and Family / Edition 5

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Overview


The most popular and widely acclaimed guide for parkinsonian patients and their families is now in its thoroughly updated Fifth Edition. In layperson's terms, Drs. Duvoisin and Sage explain the pathology, symptoms, and course of Parkinson's Disease, discuss current drug therapies and surgical procedures, and examine the latest research on the genetics of parkinsonism.This edition features completely rewritten chapters on genetics and on surgery for Parkinson's Disease. New drugs and improvements in levodopa therapy are described, and a new chapter addresses the question of whether levodopa affects disease progression. An appendix lists the trade names, generic names, and formulations of commonly prescribed drugs.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Melanie M. Brandabur
This updated edition of this book provides an excellent overview of the most important aspects of Parkinson's disease and its treatment. This is the fourth edition, the original having been published in 1978. The authors seek to provide updated information to patients and their families about a condition that has provoked a recent surge in scientific insight and discovery. The authors refer in particular to the recent shift in emphasis from a proposed etiology that is purely environmental to one that allows for genetic factors as well. Although the information is intended for lay readers, the sophistication of the concepts presented make it appropriate for ancillary care personnel (nurses, social workers, nutritionists) involved in the care of these patients as well. The writing style, admirable in that the authors do not talk down to the intended reader, may nonetheless be too advanced for some readers. However, most patients who are concerned enough to search out such a book will likely have the capacity to comprehend it or at least to bring unanswered questions to their treating physician. The few illustrations are of high quality and the text may have benefited from a few more, given the intended audience. A helpful glossary is also included and is quite complete. This is an excellent reference for patients and family members and others who insist on up-to-date information on this complex and rapidly evolving subject.
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Reviewer: Melanie M. Brandabur, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This updated edition of this book provides an excellent overview of the most important aspects of Parkinson's disease and its treatment. This is the fourth edition, the original having been published in 1978.
Purpose: The authors seek to provide updated information to patients and their families about a condition that has provoked a recent surge in scientific insight and discovery. The authors refer in particular to the recent shift in emphasis from a proposed etiology that is purely environmental to one that allows for genetic factors as well.
Audience: Although the information is intended for lay readers, the sophistication of the concepts presented make it appropriate for ancillary care personnel (nurses, social workers, nutritionists) involved in the care of these patients as well. The writing style, admirable in that the authors do not talk down to the intended reader, may nonetheless be too advanced for some readers. However, most patients who are concerned enough to search out such a book will likely have the capacity to comprehend it or at least to bring unanswered questions to their treating physician.
Features: The few illustrations are of high quality and the text may have benefited from a few more, given the intended audience. A helpful glossary is also included and is quite complete.
Assessment: This is an excellent reference for patients and family members and others who insist on up-to-date information on this complex and rapidly evolving subject.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781729772
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,073,082
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 What Is Parkinsonism? 1
2 The First Symptoms 15
3 The Classic Triad 23
4 A Plethora of Symptoms 33
5 Principles of Treatment 49
6 Anticholinergic Drugs 58
7 From L-Dopa to Dopamine 67
8 Imitators of Dopamine 86
9 Making Decisions About the Early Treatment of Parkinson's Disease 91
10 Special Remedies for Special Symptoms 96
11 Surgical Treatment of Parkinsonism 107
12 Dietary Considerations 117
13 Common Sense About Exercise 124
14 A Historical Perspective 135
15 Genetics: A Family Condition? 152
16 Future Prospects 164
App. 1 Drug Finder 169
App. 2 Organizations Concerned with Parkinson's Disease 171
Glossary 175
Subject Index 183
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