My Degeneration

My Degeneration

A Journey Through Parkinson's

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"A narrative of the author's battle with Parkinson's disease. Traces the author's journey through depression, the disease symptoms, the medication and its side effects, the author's interactions with family, and the mental and physical changes caused by the disease"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: University Park, Pennsylvania : The Pennsylvania State University Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9780271071022
Characteristics: 96 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm


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Jan 11, 2018

Highly recommended.

Graphic Medicine series; Susan Merrill Squier and Ian Williams, general editors

“Books in the Graphic Medicine series are inspired by a growing awareness of the value of comics as an important resource for communicating about a range of issues broadly termed “medical.” For healthcare practitioners, patients, families, and caregivers dealing with illness and disability, graphic narrative enlightens complicated or difficult experience. For scholars in literary, cultural, and comics studies, the genre articulates a complex and powerful analysis of illness, medicine, and disability and a rethinking of the boundaries of “health.” The series includes original comics from artists and non-artists alike, such as self-reflective “graphic pathographies” or comics used in medical training and education, as well as monographic studies and edited collections from scholars, practitioners, and medical educators.” (Half title verso)

Other books in the Graphic Medicine series at WorldCat.

This personal account of Parkinson’s Disease from diagnosis through the next ten years of terror, struggle, acceptance, surgery, and post-surgery “tuning” is more than brave and illuminating.

It also utterly terrified me. Kind of like looking up some of my recent and current symptoms in a late night Internet search; which I generally avoid at all costs. The author was a political cartoonist for twenty-five years, most of which was pre-diagnosis.


1. Diagnosis Blues
2. Learning to Speak Parkinson’s
3. Interview with a Killer
4. Moping and Coping
5. The Parkinson’s Prism
6. Island of the Caring and Competent
7. A Different Path
8. Diagnosis, Reprise
The eight sections are all relatively short, considering it is only 96 pages total, and thus the book is a quick read but would also be well-suited for digesting more slowly a section or two at a time.

Highly recommended. I really enjoyed this book, if that is the correct idea. It was well-executed, is brutally honest, pulls no punches, is itself caring and thankful, and teaches those of us who know little of Parkinson’s quite a bit in a small, power-packed package.

Aug 24, 2017

Having seen up close and personal how devastating the effects of Parkinson's can be, I admire the author's willingness to chronicle his journey through the disease!

booklover_59 Jan 02, 2016

This is an excellent book to learn the facts about Parkinson's and also provides helpful emotional support. I recommended it to the family of a friend with Parkinson's and they liked it a lot.


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