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Nurse Pract. 2014 Oct 15;39(10):1-10. doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000453646.44157.83.

Understanding Parkinson disease: an evolving case study.

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Gwyn M. Vernon is a nurse practitioner at the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa. Anne E. S. Carty is a professor at Rhode Island College School of Nursing, North Providence, R.I. Christin M. Salemno is a clinical nurse at the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa. Michele M. Siskind is an assistant professor at Rhode Island College School of Nursing, Providence, R.I. Cathi A. Thomas is an assistant clinical professor of Neurology and program director at Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center, Boston University, Boston, Mass.

Abstract

Thirty years ago, Parkinson disease was described as a shortage of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Today, understanding of this disorder includes possible genetic influences, premorbid and nonmotor issues, and a variety of neurologic, cognitive, and psychiatric symptoms. Using a case study, this article presents the current science of Parkinson disease.

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