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- DEVILS DANCE
- Author: Richard R. Karlen
- Date of Publication: January 1, 1999
- Price: $15.00 plus cost of shipping and handling
- Number of pages: 281 text
- ISBN: 0-9660831-0-5
- Library of Congress Catalogue Number: 97-093997
- Printer: McNaughton & Gunn, Saline, Michigan
- Cover design: Ad Agency, Inc., Cranford NJ, from an idea by Kim.
This book is intended for the adult market to include both college students and the
general reading public.
In the United States alone, about 30,000 people have
Huntingtons Disease (commonly known today as HD). At least 150,000 others have a
fifty percent risk of developing the disease and thousands more of their relatives live
with the possibility that they, too could be at risk.
Huntingtons Disease is a rare, genetic disorder first described by
George Huntington in 1872 ("Heirloom from generations away back of the dim
past.") It was originally called Hungtingtons Chorea because the patients
constant, writhing, uncontrollable, dance-like movements. (The term Chorea is taken
from the Greek word for dance). The condition is further characterized by sudden and
severe personality changes, such as paranoia and depression, encroaching cognitive losses
and ultimately dementia, not unlike what Alzheimer patients experience. Generally, HD will
develop somewhere between the ages of 30 and 50, though not necessarily. The disease is
passed on from generation to generation as an autosomal dominant defect, which simply
means that if one parent has it, it is fifty-fifty for each offspring. If one does not
inherit the gene, he/she will never show symptoms and his/her children and all future
generations will not develop it.
Dr. Richard R. Karlen, a retired dentist, has been interested in
Huntingtons Disease for some time for personal reasons. His novel DEVILS
DANCE, in spite of its ominous overtones, is a romantic story with considerable action and
suspense. Dr. Karlen and IRONBOUND PRESS hope that through the success of this book, we
might induce a greater public awareness of the nightmare of having a degenerative disease
where there is no cure.
Though there are other books that describe HD, including several
biographies of Woodie Guthrie (probably the most famous person who suffered and died from
HD), DEVILS DANCE is one of the few novels ever published in which HD plays a
prominent role. IRONBOUND PRESS takes pleasure in offering DEVILS DANCE as its first