Resistance is Futile 01: Treating Parkinson's

I wake up as they wheel me into recovery, which at Stanford is a kind of fun house sideshow. People in various states of undress — many of us having just had parts removed or new parts installed — loll or roll about in pain and confusion, all under the watchful eyes of a room full of nurses, orderlies, and aides. The occasional doctor breezes through to provide expert advice or — because this is a teaching hospital — comic relief. The nurses, rolling their eyes, patiently guide the young doctors like sergeants working with newly minted lieutenants.

That's my favorite paragraph from a great article about Parkinson's Disease that appear in the March 2007 (15.03) issue of Wired.

Author Steven Gulie talks about how he developed Parkinson's and how doctors treated the symptoms successfully by implanting electrodes directly in his brain and then installing essentially a brain pacemaker in his chest.

It's a long article but a great read.

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