David Cram, M.D., (1934-2009) was a dermatologist in private practice in San Francisco. In 1991, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He was 54 years old. After retiring early from his medical practice, his goal was to help others who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. He wrote the first edition of this book after his own diagnosis.
Dr. Cram is also the author of three other books, The Healing Touch—Keeping the Doctor‑Patient Relationship Alive Under Managed Care (Addicus Books, 1997), Coping with Psoriasis (Addicus Books, 2000), and Frequently Asked Questions about Parkinson’s Disease (Acorn Publishing, 2001).
Dr. Cram received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, Wisconsin, and trained for his dermatology specialty at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. There, he earned a master of science degree in dermatology. Upon completion of his medical training, he was assigned to the United States Air Force Base Hospital in Lakenheath, England, where he became chief of the Department of Medicine. During that time, he received the Air Force Commendation Medal and rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel.
In 1971, Dr. Cram joined the staff of the University of California, San Francisco, where he became chief of the Dermatology Clinic and served as a teacher, lecturer, and research scientist. After fifteen years in academia, Dr. Cram began a private practice in dermatology. He became an internationally recognized expert on the subject of psoriasis and its treatment.