She could so easily have been ignored as just another nutter.
quote:Most people cannot detect the scent of Parkinsonâ€™s, but some who have a heightened sense of smell report a distinctive, musky odour on patients. One such â€œsuper smellerâ€ is Joy Milne, a former nurse, who first noticed the smell on her husband, Les, 12 years before he was diagnosed.
Milne only realised she could sniff out Parkinsonâ€™s when she attended a patient support group with her husband and found everyone in the room smelled the same. She thought little more about it until she mentioned the odour to Tilo Kunath, a neurobiologist who studies Parkinsonâ€™s at Edinburgh University.
Kunath tested Milneâ€™s skills by having her sniff T-shirts worn by either healthy people or Parkinsonâ€™s patients. Milne identified all those worn by the patients and said one more T-shirt bore the same scent. Eight months later, the wearer was diagnosed with the disease.