LIFE Shared This Remarkable Parkinson’s Disease Story in 1959. A Lot Has Changed Since Then

LIFE Shared This Remarkable Parkinson’s Disease Story in 1959. A Lot Has Changed Since Then

Photographer Margaret Bourke-White (L), who suffers from Parkinson's disease, together with another patient working with therapists to exaggerate lip movements in an effort to relearn how to speak distinctly after disease had blurred and weakened her voice.

The great LIFE photographer Margaret Bourke-White was in Tokyo in 1952 when she first discovered that, in the middle of a physically demanding photojournalistic career, the dull pain in her left leg was becoming something more. Rising from a meal, she found herself, for a few steps at least, unable to walk.

LIFE Shared This Remarkable Parkinson’s Disease Story in 1959. A Lot Has Changed Since Then