From Science News Letter, September 27, 1958

PARKINSON’S DISEASE NO LONGER INCURABLE — Parkinsonism, or shaking palsy, is no longer a hopeless, progressive, incurable disease. A five-year follow-up study of 700 brain operations for Parkinsonism revealed that 80% of the properly selected cases found relief from the tremor, rigidity, deformity and incapacitation of parkinsonism after basal ganglia surgery. Furthermore, these symptoms can be relieved by operation without fear of any psychological or neurological damage to the patient, Drs. Irving S. Cooper and Gonzalo J. Bravo of the department of surgery, New York University-Bellevue Medical Center, and the department of neurosurgery at St. Barnabas Hospital, New York, report in Neurology (Sept.).

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