MENTORED BY A MADMAN is not your average scientific autobiography. But then Andrew Lees, its author, is not your average neuroscientist. Trained as a physician at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel (as was James Parkinson himself), and as a
I have Parkinson’s and I work for a Parkinson’s charity. During the working week, I eat, sleep, breathe and think Parkinson’s. It’s unavoidable. It’s part of my make up, whether I like it or not. It’s the first thing I
Sometimes I’m struck by the dissociation between the need to write and the ability to write. Some verbally constipated days I sit down at the keyboard with a clear idea of what I want to say but, try as I
On Friday 1st July 2016, we will celebrate (if celebrate is the right word) the centennial of the Battle of the Somme. The battle which raged until November 1916, resulted in a million men either wounded or killed. Unimaginable numbers and
I’m not by nature a political animal. My attitude to politicians is broadly speaking the same as double glazing salesman, ambulance chasers and PPI cold callers. I have long held the view that the mere desire to be a politician
It started out more as a symbol than as a practical aid. I have been aware that my walking has deteriorated over the last six months. Indeed that and a substantial increase in tremor are the principal outward manifestations of
I’m all in favour of anything which makes our lives as people with Parkinson’s a little easier. And into this category one would put many different products – magnetic buttoned shirts, alarmed medication boxes, anti-burn oven gloves and so on.
If you stand near any two scientists at a conference, the chances are that the conversation will centre on publications, usually their own, and the publication process. And if they’re talking about their own papers, they will likely be telling