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September 9, 1961

PARKINSON'S DISEASE

JAMA. 1961;177(10):703-704. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040360039009

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Abstract

In 1928, The Journal published, in facsimile James Parkinson's "Essay on the Shaking Palsy," which appeared from the pen of this great general practitioner in London in 1817. In his introduction to the 66-page monograph, Parkinson observed that "the disease had escaped particular notice, and the task of ascertaining its nature and cause by anatomical investigation, did not seem likely to be taken up by those who, from their abilities and opportunities, were most likely to accomplish it. That these friends to humanity and medical science, who have already unveiled to us many of the morbid processes by which health and life is abridged, might be excited to extend their researches to this malady, was much desired; and it was hoped, that this might be procured by the publication of these remarks." It is with this end still in view that we bring to our readers, in this issue (p.

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