TELL ME WHY IT’S CALLED “PARKINSON’S DISEASE?” POEMCategory:
TELL ME WHY
IT’S CALLED “PARKINSON’S DISEASE?”
by David Verdery
Back in 1817, a doctor in London,
Whose name was James Parkinson,
Was speaking at a medical convention.
his mission was to bring attention
To his study on “shaking palsy’
And to the findings, they now would all see.
His reputation was growing in the community,
And he urged them all to agree in unity
That they’d work together to find
The cause of this new attack on the mind.
Parkinson then began to tell them
About some relevant signs that, for him,
Showed some non-motor symptoms just as bad,
Beginning with difficulty to walk.
And the ability to clearly talk.
the nightmares in color could make one mad.
The handwriting starting to shrink
And always choking on a drink.
The face becomes a blank expression
Along with anxiety and deep depression.
The senses of taste and smell have left
the feeling of being lost and bereft.
The autonomic nervous system relies
On healthy brain cells to survive.
But this malady of dying cells
Is giving people anxiety and tells
Me that its aggression is unstoppable
And my search for a cure, impossible.
Dr. Parkinson said that, down the road,
Science would surely find an episode
Of this disease, he’d taken credit for
And develop a cure that would forevermore
End this plague on the human condition.
Parkinson’s would finally fade out of vision.
- Amen –