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September 4, 2010

In 1992 and at the tender age of 39, I noticed a slight tremor as I raised a glass to my lips. A false diagnosis of essential tremor followed and brought the comfort of ignorance. In late 1999 and following a bout of influenza, it became obvious that something more was at work.

A visit to a neurologist, ten minutes of observation, and I was told “Parkinson’s” and given drug samples and a video about the wonders of Requip and sent home. Thus began my self-education  on the subject and it has never stopped. Always at home in a library, I delved deeper and deeper as the months passed. Increasingly fascinated with the wonders of the brain and appalled at the ignorance surrounding PD, I was and remain determined to understand this puzzle.

Eventually, via the Internet, I met another PWP on a similar quest named Anne Frobert. A French surgeon, she had herself gone deeply into the subject and shared my dismay at how little had been learned of PD in the two centuries since its initial description. By means of the Net, we undertook a three year collaboration with the result being a broad view of PD of which I write. My goal is simple – to encourage the idea that there is far more to the disorder than normally thought in hopes of influencing the course of research into a more profitable direction.

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  1. parkins1 permalink
    September 14, 2010 2:13 pm

    Michael-
    Although published research seems “spotty” there is heavy anecdotal evidence for it. I will add it to my list. Thanks – Rick

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