Parkinson's Disease: A Complete Guide for Patients and Families

Parkinson's Disease: A Complete Guide for Patients and Families

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by William J. Weiner, Lisa M. Shulman, Anthony E. Lang
     
 

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Recent innovations, including deep brain stimulation and new medications, have significantly improved the lives of people who have Parkinson's disease. Nevertheless, patients and families continue to face many challenges. They have long relied on this book for reliable advice about medical, emotional, and physical issues. Bringing this trusted guide up to date,

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Recent innovations, including deep brain stimulation and new medications, have significantly improved the lives of people who have Parkinson's disease. Nevertheless, patients and families continue to face many challenges. They have long relied on this book for reliable advice about medical, emotional, and physical issues. Bringing this trusted guide up to date, three expert neurologists describe

• New understandings gained by five years of additional research on Parkinson’s disease• New focus on the importance of exercise• New information about imaging techniques such as SPECT Scan and DATScan that are aiding in the diagnosis• New findings about the genetics of the disease• Promising uses of new technologies such as tablet devices for people who have trouble communicating• Information about impulse control disorders caused by some drugs used to address the symptoms of the disease• A complete update on treatments such as medications, surgery, and more

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Editorial Reviews

3 Stars from Doody
William C. Koller
There is a definite need for this timely book. It is one of the best I have seen for people with Parkinson's disease and for their families.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As a result of actor Michael J. Fox's disclosure that he has Parkinson's disease, public discussion about both the symptoms and treatment of this illness has heightened. This attention is important, according to these authors, all specialists in the treatment of Parkinson's and other neurological disorders, because it is a progressive, chronic disease whose symptoms including trembling, uneasy gait and loss of dexterity mimic those of other diseases, which can often lead to misdiagnosis. One of the most frustrating aspects of Parkinson's is that it manifests itself differently in each of its victims, which makes coping with this disease particularly challenging. Nonetheless, what is most important, aver the authors, is that both Parkinson's patients and their families have access to the most up-to-date treatment including new drugs, surgery and other therapies (diet, speech therapy, acupuncture), and with compassionate, clear writing, they provide an excellent overview. Leaving no stone unturned, Weiner, Shulman and Lang also advise patients about less clinical but equally important matters such as dealing with health insurance companies and informing employers. Particularly useful for readers are the Q&A section and a comprehensive resource directory. Obtaining an accurate diagnosis is the first step, after which patients and their loved ones will find this practical guide the perfect complement to a physician's care. Illus. (May 19) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Parkinson's disease affects over one million Americans and has recently has received notoriety thanks to actor Michael J. Fox's diagnosis. Weiner, director of Maryland Parkinson's Disease Center, presents known facts and clarification about this degenerative neurological disease. Physical, behavioral, and psychiatric signs and symptoms exhibited during mild, moderate, and advanced stages of the disease are examined, as are diseases that can mimic Parkinson's. The author emphasizes the questions patients should ask and the tests they should undergo before a diagnosis is made, and he outlines drug and surgical treatments, including alternative and complementary therapies. Somewhat clinical in tone, this title is more comprehensive than the American College of Physicians' Parkinson's Disease (DK, 2000), but it is not as effective as Caring for the Parkinson Patient, 2d ed., edited by J. Thomas Hutton and Raye Lynne Dippel (Prometheus, 1999), in providing information on daily coping skills and psychological adjustment to the disease. Still, the guide is excellent for its current medical and research information for the newly diagnosed. Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans' Hosp., Tampa, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Daniel B. Hier, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a compact well-written introduction to Parkinson's disease written for patients and their families.
Purpose: The authors have set out to provide patients with a useful guide to Parkinson's disease.
Audience: It is aimed at patient with Parkinson's disease and their families.
Features: Using a question and answer format, the authors have created a general market book that addresses many important issues related to Parkinson's disease including diagnosis, treatment, and disease complications.
Assessment: This is a useful book for patients with Parkinson's disease and their families. It is written in a clear fashion by experts in the field. Although technical terms are used, they are carefully defined and explained. The book is quite readable. Physicians taking care of Parkinson's disease patients can recommend this book to their patients with confidence.
Consumer Connections

Just what its title promises: a comprehensive, affordable, up-to-date book to support readers moving through the stages of this disease. The authors are straightforward and honest, but the tone is at all times compassionate.

BookPleasures.com
The book's organization is tidy without being overwhelming and each page manages to pack in a wealth of information in a focused manner. The tone is conversational and the many topics explored are extremely beneficial to anyone who has PD or is taking care of someone who has this illness.

— Norm Goldman

APDA Young Parkinson's Newsletter

The best comprehensive guide on Parkinson's disease I have ever read. If I were suggesting a book for my primary care physician to read on Parkinson's disease, this would be the one.

Parkinson Update

This extremely helpful book is clearly written and carefully describes the disease, signs and symptoms, methods of diagnosis, surgical and medicinal therapies, value of appropriate diet, exercise, and alternative therapies.

World Neurology
An excellent volume for patients of Parkinson's disease, their families, and also their doctors.

LARge Print Reviews
An indispensable guide... written in plain, easy to understand language that clearly delineates the authors' message without talking down to the reader... highly recommend.

— Auggie Moore

Large Print Reviews - Auggie Moore
An indispensable guide... written in plain, easy to understand language that clearly delineates the authors' message without talking down to the reader... highly recommend.

Consumer Connections - Lyn H. Crispino

Just what its title promises: a comprehensive, affordable, up-to-date book to support readers moving through the stages of this disease. The authors are straightforward and honest, but the tone is at all times compassionate.

BookPleasures.com - Norm Goldman

The book's organization is tidy without being overwhelming and each page manages to pack in a wealth of information in a focused manner. The tone is conversational and the many topics explored are extremely beneficial to anyone who has PD or is taking care of someone who has this illness.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421410777
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/02/2013
Series:
A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
269,372
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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"We have written a book that explores Parkinson’s disease in straightforward and honest terms. We have explained what goes wrong in the brain that leads to the disorder, and we have also explained how a physician goes about making the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. We have discussed the subtleties involved in diagnosis, so people with Parkinson’s disease and their families understand the challenges that sometimes arise in arriving at a correct diagnosis."—From the Preface

Meet the Author

William J. Weiner, M.D., was director of the Maryland Parkinson's Disease Center and professor and chairman of the Department of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Lisa M. Shulman, M.D., is a professor of neurology, holds the Eugenia Brin Professorship, and is the Rosalyn Newman Distinguished Scholar in Parkinson's Disease at the University of Maryland. Anthony E. Lang, M.D., F.R.C.P., is a professor of neurology and holds the Jack Clark Chair in Parkinson's Disease Research at the University of Toronto. He is the director of the Morton and Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Center and the Edmond J. Safra Program in Parkinson’s Disease at Toronto Western Hospital.

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Parkinson's Disease: A Complete Guide for Patients and Families 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TexasStarVA More than 1 year ago
Very, very well-written guide to Parkinson's Disease. Easy to understand, yet detailed guide containing revealing yet reassuring information not easy to find in other books. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some technokable, but easy to understand
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