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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 191-192

Book review on “Parkinson’s disease in India: from clinic to the bench”

Department of Neurology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India

Date of Submission08-Oct-2020
Date of Acceptance08-Oct-2020
Date of Web Publication07-Nov-2020

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Dr. Roopa Rajan
Department of Neurology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Room 704, 7th Floor, Neurosciences Center, AIIMS, New Delhi.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/AOMD.AOMD_49_20

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Rajan R. Book review on “Parkinson’s disease in India: from clinic to the bench”. Ann Mov Disord 2020;3:191-2

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Considering the over 6 million people estimated to be living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in India, the nuances of managing PD in an Indian context merit special attention. In this context, I am excited to review the recently published book titled Parkinson’s Disease in India: From Clinic to the Bench [Figure 1]. The chief editor of this succinct and relevant volume is Prof. Madhuri Behari, who had an illustrious career as a faculty and later the head of the Department of Neurology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. She is a renowned movement disorder specialist and PD researcher with more than 250 publications to her name. She has mentored many among the neurologists in India and fostered the growth of the specialty of movement disorders in India. The co-editor is Prof. SP Gorthi from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal.

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The fundamental value of the book lies in its specific orientation toward Indian PD. We know from existing evidence that various factors like the age of onset of PD, underlying genetic and/or environmental risk factors are different as compared to Western population. These apparent differences may affect the management of PD in India, as also the existing framework of our healthcare system and access to advanced and comprehensive therapies. Therefore, the need for such a volume that focuses on specific challenges that the Indian practitioner may face, while managing patients with PD. This book is the result of many years of effort made by various researchers on PD in India and focuses on the Indian data in field of PD research. The authors are neurologists, movement disorders specialists and basic scientists who had the opportunity to work with Prof. Madhuri Behari. The book has 27 chapters and covers the complete spectrum from, demography of Indian PD patients, gender differences in PD, genetics of Indian patients with PD, biomarker studies in Indian patients with PD, structural imaging, functional imaging, nonmotor aspects, sleep disorders, and psychiatric aspects. The salient point is that the authors have performed comprehensive reviews on these aspects and compared the Indian data with available data worldwide. Hence it provides a far-reaching literature source for all those students and researchers who are working on PD or want to acquire knowledge on this subject.

The chapters on individual nonmotor symptoms such as memory, autonomic dysfunction, gait disturbances including falls are well written. There are also excellent chapters on motor complications of PD, deep brain stimulation, complementary and alternative medicines in PD, quality of life in Indian PD patients, and KAP (knowledge, attitude, and practice) in Indian PD patients. The socioeconomic burden of PD and quality of life for patients and caregivers is also given due attention. In a nutshell, this hardbound book is a must for clinicians, residents, medical libraries, and researchers of PD in India.

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