RALPH O. WALLERSTEIN, M.D.
Eighty years ago Charcot first called attention to the possible relationship between Parkinsonism and rheumatoid arthritis. Since then several investigators have pointed out similarities between the two diseases. Chronic atrophic arthritis following encephalitis lethargica has been reported by Lichtwitz and Grimaldi. Describing certain clinical features common to both diseases, Sicard advanced the hypothesis of common central cerebral origin.
In an effort to evaluate critically the relationship between the two diseases, 19 patients with frank clinical paralysis agitans, and 28 patients with far advanced, chronic atrophic arthritis were examined. All patients were inmates of the Laguna Honda Home for the aged
WALLERSTEIN RO. PARKINSONISM AND RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS1. Ann Intern Med. ;34:899–901. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-34-4-899
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1951;34(4):899-901.
Neurology, Parkinson's Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatology.
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