Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser
for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.
The casual observer may believe that Parkinson disease (PD) is readily
controlled with a variety of medications available today. But don't be deceived.
Although medications usually provide good control of some motor symptoms for
several years, the disease inexorably progresses, and patients experience
increasing physical and cognitive disability over time.
This message is poignantly delivered in Joel Havemann's brutally honest
description of his 11 year "encounter" with PD. Havemann, a senior editor
at the Los Angeles Times, was diagnosed with PD in
1990 at age 46 years. In A Life Shaken, he intertwines
his personal story with scientific and medical information about PD. He brings
a journalistic style to the tale and explains PD and its treatments in easy-to-understand
language. Physicians' clinic notes provide a counterpoint to the author's
personal perspective. The essence of this book is a journey inside a patient's
mind: how he views his disease, his physicians, and our medical system.
Hauser RA. Parkinson Memoirs. JAMA. 2002;288(18):2337. doi:10.1001/jama.288.18.2337