I admit it. I am one of those folks who engages in political discourse all the time. And, with folks from every aisle. (It’s no longer appropriate to claim there are only two aisles- since the GOP is split into at least five factions and the Democrats into at least two. Plus, there are fringe elements that are not represented in our government. Thankfully!)
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.