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The What and Why Behind Michael J. Fox and Parkinson's Disease

Answer the following questions about Michael J. Fox:

1.) What neurological disorder, disease, or accident took place to interrupt Michael J. Fox's ability?
2.) What behaviors were exhibited by Michael J. Fox following the disorder, disease, or accident?
3.) What were his deficits as a result of this disorder, disease, or accident?
4.) What treatments did he seek? Were any available at the time?
5.) What are the research implications of Michael J. Fox's disorder? How did this help scientists and doctors better understand the disorder or disease? How did this case help scientists and doctors better understand how the brain works?

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1.) What neurological disorder, disease, or accident took place to interrupt this individual's ability?

Michael J. Fox was born in 1961 (Schleier, 2000). His battle with Parkinson's began at the age of 29 in 1991 with a twitch in his pinkie while filming the comedy Doc Hollywood. Six months after the twitch began, a doctor in New York delivered the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. Fox dealt with his condition by drinking heavily. In his memoir "Lucky Man" he states: "I craved alcohol as a direct response to the need I felt to escape my situation" (as cited by Dagostino, 2008). In 1992, Fox became sober but continued to keep quiet about his condition (Dagostino, 2008).

2.) What behaviors were exhibited by this individual following the disorder, disease, or accident?

A chronic neurological condition, Parkinson's disease has no known causes and affects approximately 1.5 million Americans. Nerve cells in the brain discontinue producing dopamine in the brain overtime. This decrease compromises the ability of the brain to send and receive messages that initiate and control balance and muscle movement. Symptoms include an increase in muscle rigidity, slowness of movement, tremor, poor balance, ...

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The what and why behind Michael J. Fox and Parkinson's diseases are examined.

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