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Books, Journals, New Media
May 11, 2005

Parkinson Disease

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2005;293(18):2281-2285. doi:10.1001/jama.293.18.2281-b

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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