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The Parkinson's Disease Treatment Book: Partnering with Your Doctor to Get the Most from Your Medications [Hardcover]

J. Eric Ahlskog
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July 7 2005 0195171934 978-0195171938 1
Nearly one million Americans, including Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali, suffer from Parkinson's Disease. Now, a leader in the fight against Parkinson's, Dr. J. Eric Ahlskog of the Mayo Clinic, has written the definitive guide for patients and their families. Dr. Ahlskog offers a crystal-clear, nuts-and-bolts approach to the treatment of PD, distilled from over twenty years of experience as a clinician and researcher. His goal is to educate the patient so that they can better teamwith their doctor to do battle with the disease, streamlining the decision-making process and enhancing their treatment. To do this, Dr. Ahlskog offers a gold mine of information: How do I know if I have PD? What kinds of tests can I take? What medications slow the progress of the disease? What if medications don't help my tremor? What kinds of movement problems may develop later? How can I cope with insomnia and daytime sleepiness, dizziness and depression, memory problems, paranoia, and delusions? Indeed, the book covers virtually every topic related to Parkinson's, from sexual impotence and skin rashes, to the role of nutrition, exercise, and physical therapy. In addition, Dr. Ahlskog discusses brain surgery (though he urges that patients only consider this as a last resort) and such experimental therapies as stem cell transplantation and gene therapy. There are also lists of support and advocacy groups and Internet sites that focus on Parkinson's. The ultimate guide to symptoms and treatment, this superb book is the first place patients should turn for reliable, easy-to-grasp information on Parkinson's disease.

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"Eric Ahlskog of the Mayo Clinic is one of the country's leading experts in Parkinson's disease. His The Parkinson's Disease Treatment Book is comprehensive and informative and will be a welcome addition to the library of patients with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers." --Nathan Slewett, Chaiman Emeritus, National Parkinson Foundation

"Dr. Ahlskog writes with true authority based on his strong scientific background, vast clinical experience, and ability to synthesize laboratory science and clinical acumen in a manner digestible and useful for the non-physician. 'Be a partner, not a patient' is an admonition that is particularly constructive in optimizing the interactions between patients with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers. In order to be an effective partner, it is essential that patients and their caregivers develop a basic, core understanding of the diagnosis, treatment, course, and likely complications of the disease. A careful reading of The Parkinson's Disease Treatment Book is a substantial first step for patients in assuming full partnership."--G. Frederick Wooten, MD, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board, American Parkinson Disease Association

"Dr. Ahlskog, one of the top specialists in Parkinson's disease, has put down in this wonderful book up-to-date information on all aspects of Parkinson's disease as well as his extensive experience and wisdom gained by caring for, and especially caring about, people with Parkinson's disease for over two decades. It is filled with practical information and written in a style that is sophisticated enough to be useful but at the same time easily understandable by people with Parkinson's disease, their friends, and their families. As information is one of the most potent therapies for people dealing with Parkinson's disease, this book represents a major treatment breakthrough." --Stephen G. Reich, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, The University of Maryland School of Medicine

"Dr. Ahlskog has provided a remarkably readable and immensely useful book on the treatment of Parkinson's disease, addressed to patients and their caregivers. He lays out a wise approach to this complex and multifaceted disease which comes from many years of his own personal experience. What shines through is his very special sensitivity to his patients and a lucid understanding of their needs. All aspects of the disease are covered.... Special attention is paid to the many non-motor problems that are all too often neglected in the treatment of patients such as anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, sexuality issues, and problems with bladder, bowel, and blood pressure regulation. Most importantly, many of the myths and ill-conceived notions surrounding the treatment of Parkinson's disease are met head on and convincingly dispelled."--Daniel Tarsy, MD, Chief, Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I had had this book when I was ... Aug. 11 2014
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I wish I had had this book when I was first diagnosed with Parkinsons disease. It is so organized and written in a manner that the average person could understand. It just helped me immensely in changing my medication dosage. I took it with me to my GP and she made notes while reading it!
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Very concise information ,written to inform the reader and educate the reader about medications and stages of Parkinson's to help make visits to Neurologists more meaningful. This book should be considered to be of valuable support and importance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Nov. 4 2012
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This book is a very comprehensive book on this subject. It is readable to the non-doctor types like me. It was highly recommended to me and I would also recommend it to others who have questions of this disease. My copy came out of a library in the USA. It is considered used but in great shape. I would buy used again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Mom is taking this book to the doctor for discussion points Dec 30 2005
By Meg F - Published on Amazon.com
This book recommends using it to help discuss with your doctor the PD medications, which is exactly what my Mom is going to do today. When I saw this book recently it was what my Mom had been wishing for to help her figure out how to help my Dad, who is developing Parkinson's hallucinations and paranoia issues after many years of battling this disease. These are known problems from both the disease, as well as the medications to treat the illness. The book gave me renewed hope and optimism for helping my Dad be more himself again. Adjustments of the various prescribed medications can make a difference in life quality by balancing medication negative side effects with their benefits. My Mom is taking my Dad to the doctor today to discuss his medications and she taking this book with her. It's nice to know she has the Mayo clinic doctor, in essence, to take with her to discuss points with the local doctor.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A lot to read but worth the time Aug. 15 2005
By Lisa Moyers - Published on Amazon.com
This is the largest book on Parkinson's but well worth owning as is the book "What your Doctor may not tell you about Parkinson's" by Marjama-Lyons
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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential resource for the Parkinson's patient and family Jan. 15 2008
By Nicholas Fichter - Published on Amazon.com
A relative has Parkinson's and I have tried to help out by researching issues that have come up. The Parkinson's patient and family who arm themselves with information about the many twists and turns in the course of this complicated and profound illness will fare better. You should not expect that the medical world will completely "take care of" the Parkinson's - a lot will be up to you, and you have to learn what to look for, the questions to ask, the possibilities. By the way, we live near Boston, one of the world's great medical centers, so what I am saying does not have to do with lack of access to the best care currently available. This book has been of tremendous practical value to us. I consider it essential for any Parkinson's family. It is easily the best Parkinson's resource I have found.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Dr. Ahlskog for Caring Enough About Your Patients to Write this book! Oct. 11 2006
By E. Joey Patterson - Published on Amazon.com
Dr. Ahlskog shares his vast knowledge, expertise and caring bedside manner in this book. It is specifically written, in user friendly language, for families dealing with Partinson's. It answers any and all questions one might have concerning the disease and treatment of it. It is an absolute 'MUST HAVE' book for Parkison's Families..
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Parkinsons Disease Treatment Book July 30 2009
By Norman R. Crane - Published on Amazon.com
Being just diagnosed with Parkinsons, I was anxious to learn more about Parkinsons and what my long-range prognosis might be. My Neurologist recommended this book, and I quickly ordered it from Amazon. The author practices at Mayo Clinic, and recommends the use of Carbidopa/Levidopa as a first treatment course for those with Parkinsons. After reading 3/4 of the book, I feel much more familiar and comfortable with the subject of Parkinsons as well as the various courses of treatment, of which there are several. I can recommend this book wholeheartedly to others who are just beginning their association with this disease as well as to those who are several years into the experience.
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