Seven million people worldwide suffer from Parkinson's, and doctors, researchers, and patients continue to hunt for a cure. In Brain Storms, the award-winning journalist Jon Palfreman tells their story, a story that became his own when he was diagnosed with the debilitating illness. Palfreman chronicles how scientists have worked to crack the mystery of what was once called the shaking palsy, from the earliest clinical descriptions of tremors, gait freezing, and micrographia to the cutting edge of neuroscience, and charts the victories and setbacks of a massive international effort to best the disease. He takes us back to the late 1950s and the discovery of L-dopa. He delves into a number of other therapeutic approaches to this perplexing condition, from partial lobotomies and deep brain stimulation to neural grafting. And he shares inspiring stories of brave individuals living with Parkinson's, from a former professional ballet dancer who tricks her body to move freely again to a patient who cannot walk but astounds doctors when he is able to ride a bicycle with no trouble at all.
With the baby boom generation beginning to retire and the population steadily aging, the race is on to discover a means to stop or reverse neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Brain Storms is the long-overdue, riveting, and deeply personal story of that race and a passionate, insightful, and urgent look into the lives of those affected.
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Explains the science and its significance
- Neuron "Family father, neuroscientist, and non-fiction addict."
Great Journalistic Work
From the get-go, I knew Brain Storms was going to be a fascinating story. Part investigation and part memoir, journalist Jon Palfreman incorporates medical research and interviews with patients and doctors into a captivating biography of Parkinson’s. Recently diagnosed with the disease, Palfreman brings a personal and emotional element rarely witnessed in a book such as this. Brain Storms not only highlights the medical strides made in the field of neurodegenerative disorders, but also charts the vast setbacks researchers used to, and still do face. With so few books tackling Parkinson’s, this book is a much needed addition to any nonfiction fan’s library.
- Laura - Audible