The Doctor's Own Parkinson's Disease

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When actor Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, the whole country took notice. When Dr. Thomas Graboys got the news, it was — as for most of the thousands of Americans hit with Parkinson's every year — a more private affair.

Graboys had been a tip-top doctor. Cardiologist to the stars. Now he was being tipped onto the Parkinson's path, where tying your shoes is a major challenge.

Tremors. Dementia. Dependence. From power to powerlessness. Now, while he still can, he's telling that story.

This hour, On Point: The doctor's own Parkinson's disease.Guests:

Dr. Thomas Graboys, He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and dementia. He is professor of medicine at Harvard University, a senior physician at Brigham and Woman's Hospital, president emeritus of the Lown Cardiovascular Research Foundation, Nobel Prize-winner and co-author (with Peter Zheutlin) of "Life in the Balance: A Physician's Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss with Parkinson's Disease and Dementia"

Vicki Baker-Graboys, CEO of "Su Casa Designs," an interior decorating firm.

Dr. John Growdon, director of memory and movement disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School.

This program aired on June 16, 2008.


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