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July 29, 1939

II trattamento delle sindromi parkinsoniane postencefalitiche con le radici di Atropa belladonna

JAMA. 1939;113(5):446. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800300076032

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This is a monograph on the treatment of the postencephalitic parkinsonian syndrome with the root of atropine (belladonna). The first and second chapters deal with true Parkinson's disease and the parkinsonian syndrome of postencephalitis, the third with the therapy of the postencephalitic parkinsonian syndrome, and the fourth and fifth with the need of treatment and the progressive nature of this affliction. The author believes that hospital management is essential in the first few months of treatment. A detailed plan is given regarding the preparation of the belladonna root. Both Bulgarian and Italian belladonna roots were used. There is a complete bibliography on this form of treatment and, interestingly, all the contributors are from Italy. This monograph is recommended to all neurologists.

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