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Parkinson's disease : a guide for patient and family
Duvoisin, Roger C., 1927-
Personal Author:
Fifth edition.
Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, [2001]

Physical Description:
viii, 195 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Central Library RC382 .D94 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
1. What Is Parkinsonism?p. 1
2. The First Symptomsp. 15
3. The Classic Triadp. 23
4. A Plethora of Symptomsp. 33
5. Principles of Treatmentp. 49
6. Anticholinergic Drugsp. 58
7. From L-Dopa to Dopaminep. 67
8. Imitators of Dopaminep. 86
9. Making Decisions About the Early Treatment of Parkinson's Diseasep. 91
10. Special Remedies for Special Symptomsp. 96
11. Surgical Treatment of Parkinsonismp. 107
12. Dietary Considerationsp. 117
13. Common Sense About Exercisep. 124
14. A Historical Perspectivep. 135
15. Genetics: A Family Condition?p. 152
16. Future Prospectsp. 164
Appendix 1 Drug Finderp. 169
Appendix 2 Organizations Concerned with Parkinson's Diseasep. 171
Glossaryp. 175
Subject Indexp. 183

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