UF Neurologists Create a New Image of Parkinson Disease (UF MBI)

UF Neurologists Create a New Image of Parkinson Disease

An outdated sketch from 1886 by Sir William Richard Gowers remains among the most used and viewed depictions of Parkinson disease, despite great advancements in the understanding of the neurological disorder.

Now, UF neurologists Melissa Armstrong, M.D. and Michael S. Okun, M.D. have worked with a medical illustrator to create a new, more diverse representation of who is affected by Parkinson diesease, and how. The image was unveiled today in a new JAMA Neurology article.

“It was kind of shocking to look online and find that if you type into a web browser, ‘Parkinson disease image’ still, the most common image you see in is this picture from 1886,” said Armstrong, an associate professor in the UF College of Medicine’s department of neurology.

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