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Parkinson’s disease is on the rise throughout the U.S., and this book offers readers an introduction to its causes, symptoms, and treatments. It is for anyone who suffers from Parkinson’s, or knows and loves someone who does.
If you’ve been told by your doctor, “You have Parkinson’s disease,” you probably found it difficult to hear those words. Such a diagnosis can be frightening and leave you filled with questions—you wonder what course the disease will take. How will it affect your life? What are your treatment options?The authors are uniquely qualified to understand your concerns. Steven Schechter, M.D., is a neurologist who has treated thousands of PD patients, and David Cram, M.D., lived with Parkinson’s disease (PD) for twenty years. They also understand the importance of education and proper treatment for maintaining the best quality of life possible. In Understanding Parkinson’s Disease, they draw from their perspectives—as a specialist and a PD patient—to enlighten and encourage readers. Among the topics they cover: How is PD diagnosed, symptoms and stages of PD, the emotional side of PD—conquering fear and denial, choosing the right health care team, drug therapy—PD medications and how they work, surgical options, deep brain stimulation, the importance of exercise, coping with day-to-day problems, and care for caregivers.Dr. Steven Schechter, M.D., is a neurologist in West Bloomfield, Michigan.
Defines Parkinson's Disease (PD) and how your body moves. Shows various views of the brain (highlighting the motor cortex), the role of neurotranmitters, and the lower levels of dopamine associated with PD. Discusses medical and surgical management techniques and lists symptoms.
Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disease affecting the central nervous system, which affects the motor system. At the onset of the disease, symptoms such as rigidity, difficulty in walking, shaking and slowness of movement appears. Difficulties in thinking and behavioral changes may also occur. In the advanced stages of the disease, dementia sets in. The cause of Parkinson's disease is not completely understood, but it is believed that it may occur due to genetic and environmental factors. The motor symptoms of the disease can be attributed to the death of cells in the substantia nigra. The diagnosis of Parkinson's disease is based on a clinical examination of symptoms. In the initial stages, antiparkinson medication levodopa and dopamine agonists are prescribed. However with the progression of the disease and with the continued loss of neurons, these medications are rendered ineffective. Surgeries aimed at deep brain stimulation can also be performed in severe cases. This book explores the clinical aspects of Parkinson's disease in the modern day scenario. It strives to provide a fair idea about the symptoms and complications of Parkinson's disease and its medical care and management strategies. It will serve as a valuable source of reference for graduate and post-graduate students.
If you’ve been told by your doctor, "You have Parkinson’s disease,” you probably found it difficult to hear those words. Such a diagnosis can be frightening and leave you filled with questions--you wonder what course the disease will take. How will it affect your life? What are your treatment options? The authors are uniquely qualified to understand your concerns. Steven Schechter, M.D., is a neurologist who has treated thousands of PD patients, and David Cram, M.D., lived with Parkinson’s disease (PD) for twenty years. They also understand the importance of education and proper treatment for maintaining the best quality of life possible. In Understanding Parkinson’s Disease, they draw from their perspectives--as a specialist and a PD patient--to enlighten and encourage readers. Among the topics they cover: How is PD diagnosed, symptoms and stages of PD, the emotional side of PD--conquering fear and denial, choosing the right health care team, drug therapy--PD medications and how they work, surgical options, deep brain stimulation, the importance of exercise, coping with day-to-day problems, and care for caregivers. Dr. Steven Schechter, M.D., is a neurologist in West Bloomfield, Michigan.
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the world. Still the only major text on the subject, the completely revised and updated second edition of Parkinson's Disease: Diagnosis and Clinical Management comes at a time when specialists have made important advances in our understanding of the etiology, pathogenesis, investigation, and management of Parkinson's disease. The book includes 23 completely new chapters, and has updated information on: Genetics Pathology Biomarkers Pathogenesis Impulse control disorders in Parkinson's disease Updated outcome measures Complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of Parkinson's disease Together the chapters form a comprehensive review of the many issues facing PD physicians today. Lucid and easily readable from beginning to end, each chapter may also stand on its own as a scholarly review of the individual subject. Each one is concisely written and heavily referenced for this purpose. The second edition of Parkinson's Disease: Diagnosis and Clinical Management provides a state-of-the-art review of where we've been, where we are now, and where we are going in treating this disease.

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