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June 1969

Modern Treatment vol 5, No. 2.

Arch Neurol. 1969;20(6):675-676. doi:10.1001/archneur.1969.00480120121016

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This monograph of treatment, chiefly involving Parkinson's disease, 65 of the 105 pages, makes excellent reading and is filled with helpful information. The first part by Webster on the symptoms and disability is the most valuable. The writing here is remarkably lucid and the organization most practical. Although Webster is best known for his use of complex advanced electronic equipment in the measurement of Parkinsonism deficits, he wisely glosses over this part and describes test after test that requires no apparatus, that any physician can easily do. He covers the puzzling triad of tremors-resting, action, and intention particularly well. Not every one would follow his efforts to give numerical values to each degree of the many different deficits, but his scheme has much practical interest.

The part on medical treatment by Yahr and Duvoisin is most complete. The table of available drugs on p 293 is worth copying, to be

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