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Ending Parkinson’s Disease: A Prescription for Action

PublicAffairs. Mar. 2020. 336p. ISBN 9781541724525. $28. HEALTH
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From 1990 to 2015, the number of people worldwide with Parkinson’s disease (PD) more than doubled, from 2.6 million to 6.3 million, and it is expected to double again in the next 20 years. Parkinson’s, a progressive disorder not yet curable, is characterized by tremors, slowness in movement, stiffness, difficulty with balance and walking, and, sometimes, sleep disorders and depression. In this call to action, neurologists Dorsey, Michael S. Okun, and Bastiaan R. Bloem collaborate with Todd Sherer, CEO of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, to present a four-point program to prevent Parkinson’s. Their ideas include preventing PD (especially banning specific pesticides known to cause it), advocating for PD (including more funding for research), and improving care and treatment for those with PD (genetic testing and counseling, more clinical studies). Overall, the authors maintain that the disease, and families affected by it, would benefit from stronger public attention and action.
VERDICT Based on extensive research and written in clear, accessible language, this important book will be valuable to policymakers, medical professionals, and especially patients and their families.

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