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PD 101 - Overview of PD

"James Parkinson's Essay on the Shaking Palsy (1817) has long been considered the foundational text of the disease which now bears the author's name." –NIH
You can get the essay from Project Gutenberg

These resources offer an overview of Parkinson's disease.

If you, or someone you know, has been recently diagnosed, you may want to view the resources on our Newly Diagnosed page.

Relevant Publications - Downloadable

“Parkinson’s Disease: What You and Your Family Should Know”
Published by the National Parkinson Foundation (Now the Parkinson's Foundation), 2006
This 40-page manual offers a basic overview of Parkinson’s disease.  Topics include symptoms, diagnosis, parkinsonism, treatment options, putting your health team together, accepting and adapting to Parkinson’s disease, and staying well.  It also contains a section on the special concerns of persons with young onset Parkinson’s disease.
Available En Espanol: Enfermedad de Parkinson: Lo Qu Usted y Su Familia Deben Saber, and Chinese.


"Parkinson's Disease Handbook"
Published by American Parkinson Disease Association, 2010
This 44-page booklet reviews the symptoms, cause, and treatment of PD. There's also a section on social issues and patient support as well as a glossary of key terms.


Relevant Online Information

“Causas de las Enfermedad de Parkinson”
Publicado por Michael J. Fox Foundation
Esta breve pagina web incluye, dencubrimiento de la enfermedad de Parkinson, causas genéticas, causas ambientales, una combinación de ambos, y otros factores de riesgo.


“Parkinson’s Disease: An Overview”
Published by the Cleveland Clinic, October 2014
This webpage describes the pathology of Parkinson’s disease in the brain, who gets PD, how it is diagnosed, motor and non-motor symptoms, medical and surgical treatment options, clinical trial participation, and a positive outlook due to recent pharmacologic advances and research findings.


“Sintomas de las Enfermedad de Parkinson”
Publicado por Michael J. Fox Foundation
Esta breve pagina web incluye;  Cuales son los síntomas motores de la enfermedad de Parkinson?  Cuales son los síntomas no motores de la enfermedad de Parkinson?  La Enfermeded de Parkinson provoca mis síntomas?


“Understanding Parkinson’s”
Published by the National Parkinson Foundation (Now the Parkinson's Foundation)
This webpage offers an index of Parkinson’s disease topics, including an overview, “What is Parkinson’s?”, motor symptoms, non-motor symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, newly diagnosed, living well, caregiving, and ten early warning signs of Parkinson’s disease.


Relevant Online Lectures and Webinars

“Basics of Parkinson’s Disease - 2014 UF Health Parkinson Symposium”
By the University of Florida Health Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, August 1, 2014
This 33-minute video begins with motor symptoms followed by non-motor symptoms. Pharmacological treatment is explained in some depth. Surgical (DBS) and adjunct treatments are addressed. Five myths are debunked.


“A Dancer’s Perspective on Movement & Parkinson’s"
By Stanford University School of Medicine, Continuing Studies, July 15, 2010
This 2-hour lecture by Stanford movement disorder specialist, Helen Bronte-Stewart, provides an overview of the neuro-motor functioning of the human body and how Parkinson’s disease develops, before explaining the evaluation process for deep brain stimulation, the surgical process, what to expect during post surgery/recovery, and programming of the device.


“Dr. Stanley Fahn - Myths and Mistakes in PD Treatment - Parkinson Symposium 2016”
By the University of Florida Health Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, May 31, 2016
In this 59-minute video, movement disorder specialist Dr. Stanley Fahn addresses several myths about medications and a few non-motor symptoms.


"Parkinson’s Disease: A Dose of Hope"
By University of California Television, January 24, 2011
This 28-minute video features UCSF neurologists, neuropsychologist, and UCSF PD patients discussing symptoms, diagnosis, causes, treatment, exercise, and support.


“Parkinson’s Disease and its Treatment: Secrets, Myths, and Misconceptions”
by Melissa Nirenberg, MD, PhD
Published by Parkinson's Disease Foundation (Now the Parkinson's Foundation), 2014. List first presented at PDF Expert Briefing, 2009
In this two-page fact sheet, a neurologist reviews the many pervasive myths and misconceptions about PD and its treatment.
Register to view the webinar
Slide presentation


“Parkinson’s Disease Overview”
By the Mayo Clinic, September 10, 2013
This 7-minute video describes motor and non-motor symptoms, and their treatment.


“Spotlight on Movement Function: Coping With On/Off Periods”
By the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), May 11, 2017
In this 51-minute webcast by professor of neurology, Dr. Lisa M. Shulman goes into great detail about why, achieving a smooth, robust medication response is challenging, and how to document on/off periods to communicate effectively with your doctor to get the best medication management.


Last updated by Denise Dagan, Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach, November 2017.

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