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Understanding Parkinson's disease
Cram, David L. (David Lee), 1934-
Publication Information:
Omaha, Neb. : Addicus Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
ix, 171 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
"An Addicus nonfiction book."
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RC382 .C92 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RC382 .C92 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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One-half million Americans are living with Parkinson's Disease. Another 40,00 are diagnoses annually. This work enlightens readers on both the basics of the illness and ways to stay more active. It coves such topics as: symptoms and stages of Parkinson's Disease, treatment options - drug therapy and surgery, the role of self-help, and more.

Author Notes

Dr. David Cram, MD , is the author of dozens of scientific publications and of Coping with Psoriasis. Among his numerous honors and awards, he is credited with starting the first Psoriasis Day Care Treatment Center in the country and was appointed Clinical Professor Emeritus by the University of California in 1991.

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Booklist Review

Dermatologist Cram has lived with Parkinson's disease (PD) for 10 years. He decided to write this book partly because he felt his restlessness and lack of outside interests were nearly driving his wife crazy. So doing, he produced a work doubly valuable, for it presents both a clinician's and a patient's attitudes and knowledge. He describes the five stages of PD and what is known about its causes, which is practically nothing. Diagnosis is difficult, and Cram stresses the importance of second and even third opinions. "Self-help," he points out, "comes with responsibilities." One should learn all one can about PD, its development, and its widely variable effects and course. Although some helpful information can be found on the Internet, Cram cautions that much that is useless and misleading is there, too. He discusses many pertinent drugs in detail; offers much practical advice about such everyday things affected by PD as speech, swallowing, exercise, and attitudes; and urges people to ask for help without shyness or embarrassment. --William Beatty