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July 1942

Methods of Treatment in Postencephalitic Parkinsonism.

Arch NeurPsych. 1942;48(1):162. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1942.02290070172020

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This is a comprehensive review of all the methods of treatment that have been utilized in the past in the management of postencephalitic parkinsonism. Most of them are of only historical interest. It includes a rather extensive bibliography on the subject. A chapter on diagnosis and differential diagnosis should provide interesting reading for the clinician, though the reviewer disagrees with some of the criteria offered as differentiating true paralysis agitans from the postencephalitic parkinsonian syndrome. A chapter on pathology would have been a welcome addition.

The author indicates that he regards the Bulgarian treatment as far superior to all other forms previously used. Though he states that the best results with the Bulgarian treatment are obtained only in combination with physical exercises, he omits any reference to what would happen to patients who received the benefits of similar physical exercises while taking some of the other medicinal preparations. It is