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Parkinson’s Disease and the Family

Parkinson’s Disease and the Family

A New Guide

Nutan Sharma, M.D., Elaine Richman, Ph.D.

ISBN 9780674017511

Publication date: 05/23/2005

Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder characterized by tremor, stiffness, and slow gait. It affects 500,000 people in the United States, with approximately 50,000 new cases diagnosed annually. But its impact is much wider. Family members with little understanding of the disease often find themselves struggling to help their loved one navigate the complexities of the health care system. Patients wonder, Which treatments are best for me? Will I be able to live on my own? Should I join a drug trial?

In this straightforward, compassionate guide, Nutan Sharma and Elaine Richman address these concerns and more. They provide a thorough review of the etiology, diagnosis, and current treatment of Parkinson’s, with special consideration given to the effect on family dynamics and routines—including the often neglected topics of long-term care and sexual function. The authors also review the pros and cons of various alternative therapies, including nutritional supplements, massage therapy, and traditional Chinese medicine.


  • The authors’ qualifications, their clear and accessible vocabulary, and the book’s breadth and depth make this a highly recommended choice.

    —Cleo Pappas, Library Journal


  • Nutan Sharma, M.D., is an Assistant in Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Associate Neurologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Instructor at Harvard Medical School.
  • Elaine Richman, Ph.D., is President of Richman Associates, LLC, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Book Details

  • 232 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press