June 8, 2016
(The Atlantic) – In this way, what we today call Parkinson’s disease might be likened to the common cold (which is caused by many different viruses). Beck likens Parkinson’s to high cholesterol—something that can be caused by many different things, affecting people young and old, in all states of health. Just because the findings look the same in the doctor’s office, that is, doesn’t mean the people have the same disease. Some neurologists have lately taken to calling Parkinson’s disease “Parkinson’s disease syndrome”—syndrome being defined as a constellation of symptoms that tend to come along with one another, by whatever cause.
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