Synopses & Reviews
Addressing a disease that affects half a million Americans todaywith 100,000 new cases diagnosed annuallythis reference emphasizes how treatment and education are vital to maintaining the best quality of life possible. Coauthored by a former physician who has lived with Parkinsons for 20 years, this handbook discusses both the basics of the disease, for which there is no cure,” and ways that patients can stay active and maintain independence. Additional topics include symptoms and stages, treatment options, the role of self-help, the emotional side of the illness, day-to-day coping, benefits of exercise, choosing the right doctor, and care for caregivers. Going beyond standard medical information, this unique study also offers a sense of hope, featuring inspirational quotes from dozens of Parkinsons patients.
"A simple, sympathetic guide to coping with a progressive, disabling brain disorder. Kind, practical, and thorough, a valuable starting point." —Kirkus Reviews
"[Dr. Cram] empathetically describes the aspects of PD . . . Quotes from Parkinsons patients enhance the informative, authoritative text." —Library Journal
"A work doubly valuable, for it presents both a clinicians and a patients attitudes and knowledge." —Booklist
If You've Been Diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. . .
...you are probably worried and full of questions. What course will the disease take? How will it affect your life? What are your treatment options?
Author David Cram, both a physician and patient himself for ten years, knows firsthand the questions that accompany the diagnosis of Parkinson's. He understands how vital education and effective treatment are in coping with PD and maintaining the best quality perspectives to enlighten and encourage readers about PD.
Among the topics Dr. Cram covers:
- How PD is diagnosed
- Symptoms and stages of PD
- The emotional side of PD--conquering fear and denial
- Choosing the right health care team
- Drug therapy
- Surgical options
- How exercise can help
- Coping with day-to-day problems
- Caring for caregivers
A Fact-Filled Book for Coping with Parkinson's Disease
Inspiring guide on both the basics of the illness and ways to stay more active from two unique perspectives--that of a physician and as a person with Parkinson's.
About the Author
David L. Cram, MD, is the clinical professor emeritus for the University of CaliforniaSan Francisco. He is the author of Answers to Frequently Asked Questions in Parkinsons Disease and The Healing Touch. He lives in Walnut Creek, California. Xiao Gao, MD, works in private practice and is an assistant professor of clinical neurology at New York University Medical Center. She lives in Riverside, Connecticut. Steven Schechter, MD, is a clinical assistant professor of neurology at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and is actively involved in medical student education. He lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan.