I just read an article that is not satisfying. Not because it is wrong (although…), but because of the findings it discussed.
The other weekend, I was talking with a friend about Parkinson’s Disease. One of our synagogue members is succumbing; during the discussion, my friend mentioned that his mom also suffered from the ailment. And, when I told him so did my grandfather, he mentioned how he was surprised that L-Dopa was the experimental treatment his mom tried- and that the doctor who was involved was at St. Barnabas in New York. To which I replied, he meant Dr. Bill Cooper- which blew him away. Because that was the name he was trying to draw up in his memory. It was pretty clear that we must have crossed paths some 47 years ago.
Yesterday, we discussed the history of Parkinson’s disease and the initial attempts at treatments. Ones that didn’t seem to provide more than short term relief for the patients. Which is why research has continued- and new theories are being tested.
I’ve written about Parkinson’s Disease often. (Here, here, and here– for starters.) My grandfather, Sol Kuchlik (A’H) succumbed to the disorder. It, therefore, became one of those ailments (besides kidney and respiratory disorders) that attracted my attention over the years.