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March 26, 1960


Author Affiliations

New York

From the Department of Neurology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, and the Neurological Institute of Presbyterian Hospital.

JAMA. 1960;172(13):1347-1351. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020130005002

Patients with paralysis agitans need the help provided by antiparkinsonian drugs, by new tranquilizers, antihistamines, muscle relaxants, and cerebral stimulants, and by physical therapy. But it is the psychotherapeutic approach of the physician that binds the entire treatment together. Patients in the early, ambulatory stages of the disease afford favorable prospects for long-term care by the family physician. It is important to maintain their confidence and cooperation and to keep them optimistic and active, since research in this field is progressing and promises increasingly effective remedies.