The First Year Parkinson's Disease: The Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

The First Year Parkinson's Disease: The Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

by Jackie Hunt, Jackie Hunt Christensen
     
 

Parkinson's disease—a chronic disorder that causes a progressive loss of nerve cell function in the part of the brain that controls muscle movement—is an incurable neurological condition with debilitating symptoms. Over 1.5 million Americans are affected, and the numbers continue to grow. From the first moment of her Parkinson's diagnosis, author Jackie

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Parkinson's disease—a chronic disorder that causes a progressive loss of nerve cell function in the part of the brain that controls muscle movement—is an incurable neurological condition with debilitating symptoms. Over 1.5 million Americans are affected, and the numbers continue to grow. From the first moment of her Parkinson's diagnosis, author Jackie Christensen took charge and educated herself on every aspect of her condition. Now, as a "patient-expert," she guides those newly diagnosed step by step through their first year with Parkinson's. She provides crucial information about the nature of the disease, treatment options, diet, exercise, charts and tables, social concerns, emotional issues, networking with others, and much more. The First Year—Parkinson's Disease will be an invaluable guide for all those who want to be an informed, active participant in the management of their condition.

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Library Journal
These two volumes continue the "First Year" series written by the diagnosed for the newly diagnosed (see also Type 2 Diabetes, Hepatitis C, and Fibroids). Chapters are chronologically arranged: days one through seven after the diagnosis, the remaining weeks of the first month, then monthly for the remainder of the year. Each chapter contains a learning section (factual aspects of diagnosis, treatment, nutrition, support, and clinical trials) and a living section (practical tips and anecdotes on family/social issues, diagnosis and treatment, and financial matters). Both books are written accessibly and compassionately and stress patient empowerment. Although their content is medically sound and fairly comprehensive, it is more shallow than introductive in that it glosses over topics without giving much indication of their complexity or depth. For instance, in Prostate Cancer, there is no mention of how and why biopsies are not 100 percent accurate. While both books have a table of contents and plans for an index, topics are often scattered (e.g., "PSA testing" in Prostate Cancer and "caregivers" in Parkinson's Disease). Unfortunately, too, glossary definitions tend toward the technical, with terms like genetic transmission and biochemical changes, and resource sections lack effective organization and key governmental resources (e.g., MedlinePlus). These are marginal purchases for consumer health collections, especially those that have Nutan Sharma and Elaine Richman's Parkinson's Disease and the Family: A New Guide and American Cancer Society's Complete Guide to Prostate Cancer, edited by David G. Bostwick and others. (Indexes, illustrations, and diagrams not seen.)-Janice Flahiff, Medical Univ. Lib. of Ohio, Toledo Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569243725
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Series:
First Year, The
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
757,593
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.94(d)

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