Jon Palfreman – Brain Storms

Parkinson’s Disease is much more than a simple motor disorder that causes tremor, stiffness and difficulties in initiating movements. Fifty years ago Oliver Sacks observed many of the non-motor symptoms in his ‘sleepy sickness’ patients (and recorded them in Awakenings). Since then there have been considerable advances in knowledge about PD. Most of Jon Palfreman’s book is about these advances, rather than a simple memoir of his own experience of Parkinson’s. In this regard his memoir echoes the many other books which incorporate an investigation of a condition alongside personal reminiscence. Examples are Sutherland’s Breakdown, Wolpert’s Malignant Read more...