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August 2001

Parkinson's Disease and Parkinsonism in the Elderly

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Arch Neurol. 2001;58(8):1308. doi:

edited by R. Jolyon Meara and William C. Koller, 262 pp, with illus, $49.95, ISBN 0-521-62884-9, New York, NY, Cambridge University Press, 2000

This book is a slim but handy reference on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with Parkinson disease (PD) and parkinsonism. The book is divided into halves; the first half focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of PD, and the second half emphasizes the role of nursing and rehabilitation, with chapters on physical, occupational, and speech therapies. The chapters are short, averaging 18 pages, but well written and cover the highlights of differential diagnosis, management, and therapy. Medical treatment of PD is covered in 2 chapters, with the first chapter focusing on symptom-related treatment and the second presenting a drug summary containing dosage recommendations and adverse effect profiles. Dividing drug therapy in this way is helpful, as it allows one to rapidly grasp the use of each compound and its advantages and disadvantages.

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