Journalist peels back the layers of mystery around Parkinson’s

Non-Fiction; Brain Storms; By Jon Palfreman; Rider, €17.50

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
21st February, 2016
Michael J Fox set up a foundation to find a cure for Parkinson's in 2000 following his diagnosis with the illness Picture: Getty

Langston told him the story of George Carillo, a 42-year-old drug addict and prisoner who had woken up on July 8, 1982, unable to move or talk. His jailers scraped his feet with the pointed end of a reflex hammer, applied blunt pressure to the base of his fingernails and placed smelling salts under his nose. But he remained frozen.

It emerged that Carillo was one of a number of addicts who had been infected by a...

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