A Physician's Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss with Parkinson's Disease and Dementia
Union Square Press
On Sale: April 1, 2008
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Non-Fiction Memoir | Self-Help Health
At the age of 49, Dr. Thomas Graboys had
reached the pinnacle of his career and was leading a charmed
life. A nationally renowned Boston cardiologist popular for
his attention to the hearts and souls of his
patients, Graboys was part of ďThe Cardiology Dream TeamĒ
summoned to treat Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis after he
collapsed on the court in 1993. He had a beautiful wife,
two wonderful daughters, positions on both the faculty of
Harvard Medical School and the staff of Bostonís Brigham and
Womenís Hospital, and a thriving private practice.
Grayboys is battling a particularly aggressive form of
Parkinsonís disease and progressive dementia, and can no
longer see patients or give rounds. He is stooped, and
shuffles when he walks, the gait of a man much older than
his 63 years. Despite the physical, mental and emotional
toll he battles daily, Graboys continues his life-long
mission of caring for the world one human being at a time by
telling his story so that others may find comfort,
inspiration, or validation in their own struggles.
is an unflinching memoir of a devastating illness as only a
consummate physician could write it. One canít help but
imagine what Dr. Graboys, the healer, would say to Tom
Graboys, the patientóa face-to-face scene imagined in this
inspiring book. In his joint roles, Thomas Graboys finds a
way to convey hope, optimism and an appreciation of what it
means to be truly alive.
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