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Books, Journals, New Media
November 13, 2002

Parkinson Memoirs

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2002;288(18):2337-2338. doi:10.1001/jama.288.18.2337

What do the Pope, Muhammad Ali, Billy Graham, Janet Reno, and Michael J. Fox have in common? They all have Parkinson disease and have raised public awareness of this disorder. Michael J. Fox may be the leader of this all-star cast. In his memoir, Lucky Man, Fox chronicles the impact that Parkinson disease has had on his life, beginning with the chilling tale of the day in 1990 he awoke in his hotel room with an unstoppable tremor of his left pinky:

I woke up to find the message in my left hand. It had me trembling. It wasn't a fax, telegram, memo, or the usual sort of missive bringing disturbing news. In fact, my hand held nothing at all. The trembling was the message.