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Title: Learning about Parkinson’s Disease
Topic: Parkinson’s disease
Specific Purpose: Specific Purpose: To inform the audience of the affects and progression of medical study for Parkinson’s disease.
Thesis Statement: Although Parkinson’s is a major illness, not many are aware of the effects on the people diagnosed, or that there have been major medical breakthroughs in the study of Parkinson’s.

INTRODUCTION
Attention Materials: Muhammad Ali, Johnny Cash, Maurice White from Earth, Wind, & Fire, Estelle Getty; Sophia from the Golden Girls, Pope John Paul II, Casey Kasem, and Adolf Hitler. I’m sure you are all wondering why I am naming off random famous people’s names. What if I included Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams? Have any idea now why? These are all people you may know who have, had once, been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. I also have someone close to me to have been diagnosed, my grandmother, Dorothy Edwards.

Thesis Statement: Although Parkinson’s is a major illness, not many are aware of the effects on the people diagnosed, or that there have been major medical breakthroughs in the study of Parkinson’s.
Preview: Today I am going to start by introducing you to how Parkinson’s is diagnosed and the symptoms related to the disease, then I will discuss the effects that this illness has on a person diagnosed, and finally you will learn how there have been many breakthroughs in the study of Parkinson’s.
(Transition: I would like to begin by talking to you about the basics of Parkinson’s and how it is diagnosed.)

BODY
I. When individually researching about Parkinson’s, whether for academic reasons or personal medical reasons, the best place to start is with the diagnosis.
A. Parkinson's disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects one in 100 people over age 60. While the average age at onset is 60, people have been diagnosed as young as 18. Recent research indicates that at least one

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