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Book Reviews
March 2011

The Parkinson's Disease Treatment Book: Partnering With Your Doctor to Get the Most From Your Medications

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Neurology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

 

OLAFSTÜVEMD, PhD

 

by J. Eric Ahlskog, MD, PhD, 544 pp, $37.95, ISBN-13 978-01-9517-1938, New York, New York, Oxford University Press, 2005.

Arch Neurol. 2011;68(3):393-394. doi:10.1001/archneurol.2011.19

In this day of increasing specialization of care, there is an obvious need to have a global view of the effect of a specific disease on a person. In Parkinson disease (PD), this has become more important because it affects nearly every organ system. Thus, a review of systems approach, as covered in The Parkinson's Disease Treatment Book, may be the most appropriate way to learn about and manage PD. Today the catchphrase is “non-motor.” But for those like the author Eric Ahlskog, MD, PhD, it is an approach of taking care of the whole person and answering questions daily about whether something is or is not related to PD, and how to manage it. This book represents an accumulation of knowledge on PD that is hard to find anywhere else, and it is reasonably priced. Although published in 2005, this book is up-to-date, including topics that were just beginning to appear in medical journals, such as dopamine agonist–related compulsive behaviors. Nonetheless, because this is a patient-oriented guide, I thought it was appropriate to get the views from my patients and their caregivers. Below is a summary review of this book by John Fitch (caregiver) whose wife has moderate to advanced PD:

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