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February 1995

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

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Lebanon, NH

Arch Neurol. 1995;52(2):123-124. doi:10.1001/archneur.1995.00540260021006

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In 1964, Steele, Richardson, and Olszewski defined a predominantly supranuclear multisystem degenerative disorder that has become known as progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). Considered rare, although not so, the disorder has been, and continues to be, misdiagnosed. Drs Litvan and Agid have organized the first text devoted exclusively to PSP, authored by clinicians and basic scientists with a specific interest in this disorder. The text is a multifaceted presentation of phenomenology describing all aspects of PSP from pathology to behavior. It will be a source of information that will draw new workers into a field that has multiple generic attractions for those who would study system-specific dysfunction.

An excellent historical chapter by Dr Steele himself is most informative but will not, I think, revise the eponymic taxonomy of the disorder to Richardson syndrome, as he wishes. The habitual use and euphony of Steele-Richardson-Olszewski syndrome, or PSP, will likely allow their persistence.

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