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July 25, 1959

Pathogenesis and Treatment of Parkinsonism: Sixth Annual Scientific Meeting of the Houston Neurological Society, Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas

JAMA. 1959;170(13):1612. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010130116038

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Such a comprehensive review of the most recent concepts of hyperkinetic disorders has been eagerly awaited by those interested in these diseases. This volume resulted from the symposium held by the Houston Neurological Society in March, 1958. The material is so presented as to delineate clearly what is known about these disorders, while at the same time the reader is made aware of the general misconceptions and dilemmas that persist in regard to Parkinsonism and related entities. Problems of epidemiology and basic experimental studies relating to the genesis of tremor and other hyperkinetic phenomena are discussed. A section on the pathology of Parkinsonism points out the problems involved and the heterogeneous histological changes that may be found. Information on the inclusion bodies previously described by Lewy in these diseases is also included. A historical review of the surgical attempts to alleviate the various abnormal movements and alterations in tone associated

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