Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal
Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus,
Virginia Commonwealth University.
Did you know that if you are a nonsmoking, non–coffee-drinking,
rural physician who has recently lost a few extra pounds, you are at an increased
risk of developing Parkinson disease? These and other fascinating facts about
this degenerative neurologic disorder can be found in Parkinson’s
Disease, a 1050-page, multiauthor tome on the most recent findings.
What makes this text of particular value is that it covers practically
every imaginable aspect of the disorder, including history, epidemiology,
genetics, clinical features, associated syndromes, imaging, pathophysiology,
treatment (medical—including nonoral routes—surgical, and behavioral),
strategies for future clinical trials, and caregiver issues. Designed for
the serious student, the text is research oriented and keeps anecdote and
lore to a minimum. It does not try to present a broadly painted portrait of
Parkinson disease, but rather a detailed mosaic of what is currently known.
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