Is Parkinson's disease acquired? Evidence from a geographic comparison with multiple sclerosis.

TitleIs Parkinson's disease acquired? Evidence from a geographic comparison with multiple sclerosis.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1987
AuthorsLux WE, Kurtzke JF
JournalNeurology
Volume37
Issue3
Pagination467-71
Date Published1987 Mar
ISSN0028-3878
KeywordsHumans, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson Disease, Retrospective Studies, United States
Abstract

In the coterminous United States, MS mortality rates demonstrate a north-south gradient, which is confirmed by more sophisticated--and more expensive--prevalence studies. Mortality rates from idiopathic Parkinson's disease show a similar north-south gradient, and they correlate significantly with the MS mortality and prevalence data. This demonstration that Parkinson's disease may be place-related provides support for the hypothesis that Parkinson's disease, like MS, is an acquired, environmental illness.

Alternate JournalNeurology
PubMed ID3822140
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