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March 1960

Das Parkinson—Syndrom und seine Behandlung durch Elektrokoagulation des Globus Pallidus

AMA Arch Neurol. 1960;2(3):361. doi:10.1001/archneur.1960.03840090125021

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The monograph deals with the operative treatment of the disease of Parkinsonism by electrocoagulation of the globus pallidus. The volume is subdivided into six chapters: an introduction (description of the method of pallidotomy, i.e., electrocoagulation of the globus pallidus, using the stereotaxic instrument developed by T. Riechert); mathematical method of focusing (presentation of case histories); discussion of results (postoperative changes of symptoms, complications, theoretical conclusions, comparison with other surgical techniques, indications and contraindications); summary, and a bibliography of 213 references.

The main importance of the volume is in its detailed presentation of 67 patients who underwent pallidotomy between 1956 and 1958: Seventy-six electrocoagulations were performed on 42 male patients (age 37 to 77 years) and on 25 female patients (age 37 to 67 years). Local anesthesia was used. Eight patients underwent bilateral pallidotomy, and one had two pallidotomies on the same (left) side. Forty-one of the total seventy-six electrocoagulations were

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