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Therapy: medications, deep brain stimulation
Research: early detection, genetic triggers
Everyday life: sports, clinics - and a personal destiny

The disease, which was scientifically described by the physician James Parkinson 200 years ago for the first time in his "treatise on shaking palsy, " turns the lives of those affected and their relatives upside down. When the diagnosis is made, the disease has often been going on for several years and many nerve cells have already died. Therefore, in the brain of patients there is too little of the messenger substance dopamine - but this simple description does not capture the variety of symptoms and possible disease processes. Parkinson's is a complex topic. It is not even clear how the suffering arises. The treatment is correspondingly difficult.

For this year's issue we have Christian Jung as an author, a distinguished journalist, was diagnosed a few years ago Parkinson. He takes you, dear reader, on a tour through the clinics and laboratories of the country. You will find that there is a lot going on there. The disease may still be a mystery, but there are promising approaches to new treatments. Christian Jung explains the effects of new therapies and explores the possibilities of an earlier diagnosis. But he also describes everyday life with Parkinson's and introduces the aid offers. And he starts very personally - with his own odyssey through the doctors' offices and the reactions to the diagnosis. That's the first-hand experience of what it's like to live with Parkinson's.

Dr. Alexander Mäder
editor in chief

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