A Mind of Its Own: Tourette's Syndrome : a Story and a Guide

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Oxford University Press, 1994 - History - 174 pages
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Tourette's syndrome is an unusual medical condition with a host of possible symptoms, some rather mundane, others extremely bizarre. The more curious symptoms such as the involuntary use of profanities have caught the attention of the public and have baffled physicians who are still seeking scientific explanations. In spite of the attention paid to Tourette's syndrome in recent years, there is still no book which explains the condition to patients and their families in an informative, comprehensive, and accessible manner. This book fills that need. It presents factual information on all important aspects of TS along with a composite case history. The story of Michael Lockman, who typifies the average child with TS, is woven into the factual text which contains information on symptomology, diagnosis, natural history, biochemistry, genetics, associated disorders, treatment and related topics. The authors have purposely chosen to portray a relatively mild case of TS since the majority of cases are mild, yet the more severe symptoms of TS are also introduced in the course of the story. Much of the value of the story lies in the way it presents Tourette's syndrome and its associated disorders in the context of everyday experience.

Presenting information never before available in one source, this book will be invaluable to anyone concerned with this disorder including those suffering from TS and their families.

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About the author (1994)

Ruth D. Bruun, M.D., is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Cornell University Medical School.

Bertel Bruun, M.D., is retired Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Medical School.

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