Understanding Parkinsons Disease: A Self-Help Guide

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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

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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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A simple, sympathetic guide to coping with a progressive, disabling brain disorder. Physician Cram was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease ten years ago. Here he matches his personal experience with his experiences treating other patients with the disease, the result is real hope for good health. Cram is a firm believer in four elements to self-help: a positive attitude, information about the disease; partnership with a knowledgeable physician, and a willingness to take action, to do the things ``that make you feel better, help slow the disability, and keep you as independent as possible for as long as possible.'' Thus, he first explains the disease: its hallmarks are trembling in the hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face; stiffness and rigidity of the limbs and torso; slowness of movement; and impaired balance and coordination. There are other possible symptoms, from depression to changes in speech. Cram goes on to explain the overall progression of the disease through five stages. The hope he offers is that early self-help and medication may delay or even prevent the later stages. He looks at length at emotional considerations, diet, exercise, and other lifestyle needs, as well as present and possible future medical treatments. Cram also is careful to include practical help and encouragement for caregivers. Kind, practical, and thorough, a valuable starting point. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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