Recent Medical and Surgical Treatments for Parkinson's Disease Parkinson’s disease was first described in 1817 by James Parkinson, a general practitioner in London. Observations made soon after the onset of the Industrial Revolution have raised some questions concerning the potential role of toxicity in the environment contributing to the development of parkinsonian symptoms. This disease was not ... Article
Article  |   August 01, 1999
Recent Medical and Surgical Treatments for Parkinson's Disease
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  • Philip M. Green
    Kalamazoo Neurology, Kalamazoo, MI
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Article   |   August 01, 1999
Recent Medical and Surgical Treatments for Parkinson's Disease
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, August 1999, Vol. 4, 9-12. doi:10.1044/gero4.1.9
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, August 1999, Vol. 4, 9-12. doi:10.1044/gero4.1.9
Parkinson’s disease was first described in 1817 by James Parkinson, a general practitioner in London. Observations made soon after the onset of the Industrial Revolution have raised some questions concerning the potential role of toxicity in the environment contributing to the development of parkinsonian symptoms. This disease was not effectively treated until 30 years ago when levodopa was introduced and became the mainstay of management. Over one million people in North America, predominantly older than 65, are affected with this condition, although the disease itself may express earliest symptoms in the 40s. Parkinson’s disease produces great suffering and compromises the quality of life (Lang & Lozano, 1998).
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