Thursday, October 28, 2004

Parkinson's Disease

The CBS show "60 Minutes Wednesday" aired a piece last evening, A Hole in His Head, which accounts the story of one person's pallidotomy in 1995 and visits with him again in 2004. From CBS:
Parkinson's disease is a heartbreaking illness that causes frozen, stone-faced stillness in those afflicted. Correspondent Morley Safer reports on the story of one man, Fred Amphlett of Bristol, England, who had been a prisoner of Parkinson's for years.

When Safer first met him in 1995, he was about to undergo an operation called a pallidotomy, once used by doctors to ease the agonies of Parkinson's. It was not a cure, nor was it for everyone. But for Amphlett, it was his last hope.
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