Is It Time for a New Image of Parkinson’s Disease?

Today, Parkinson’s disease is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world, affecting millions of people – but did you know that many medical publications and teaching slides still use a sketch made in 1886 to depict it?

In an article published in the journal JAMA Neurology, Dr. Melissa J Armstrong and Dr. Michael S Okun argue that it is ‘Time for a new image of Parkinson’s disease’ that more accurately reflects the varied experiences of the people with the condition.

Sir William Richard Gowers’ 1886 Parkinson’s disease sketch shows an older gentleman who appears somewhat frail and hunched,” says Armstrong, associate professor in neurology at the University of Florida Health Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases, US, and director of the Mangurian Clinical-Research Center for Lewy Body and Parkinson’s Disease Dementia, US.

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