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Parkinson's disease : a complete guide for patients and families
Weiner, William J.
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Publication Information:
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
xi, 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Includes index.

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RC382 .W45 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RC382 .W45 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RC382 .W45 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RC382 .W45 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The second edition of this accessible and comprehensive guide provides crucial information for managing this complex condition, including details on the use of medications, diet, exercise, complementary therapies, and surgery. "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." -- APDA Young Parkinson's Newsletter

Author Notes

William J. Weiner, M.D. is the director of the Maryland Parkinson's Disease Center and a professor of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Since the effects of Parkinson's disease differ from patient to patient, treatment and assistance programs must be personalized. This guide aims at making patients and families effective decision-making partners with their physicians. What causes Parkinson's remains unknown, but the symptoms and signs that mark it are known and explained here. Early, moderate, and advanced parkinsonisms are clearly presented, despite the fact that diagnosis of them can be difficult; and various tests, including some of the quite promising newer ones, are detailed. Current treatments are outlined; various drugs and their side effects are discussed; and the roles of surgery and hospitalization in treatment are described. Illustrations are clear and helpful, and research projects are noted. Throughout, the book's tone is realistically optimistic. --William Beatty

Publisher's Weekly Review

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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



"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

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Table of Contents

Chapter I Introduction
What Is Parkinson's Disease
Who Gets Parkinson's Disease?
Chapter II Signs and Symptoms of Parkinson'S Disease
Early Symptoms Moderate Parkinson's Disease
Advanced Parkinson's Disease Behavioral
Changes and Psychiatric Symptoms Young-Onset Parkinson's Disease
Chapter III Diagnosing Parkinson'S Disease
How a Diagnosis Is Made Types of Parkinsonism
Diagnosing Other Neurological Problems
Chapter IV Treatment of Parkinson'S Disease
How the Brain Works and How Treatment Works
Choosing the Correct Medications Drug
Therapies Diet, Exercise, and Complementary and Alternative
Therapies Surgical Treatments
Chapter V Other Issues
Illness, Hospitalization, and Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's Disease Research Questions and Answers