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Parkinson's Disease

Shaking palsy?

01/12/2000

Question:

My mother had what we then called "shaking palsy" and involved only a shaking head. Is this the same thing as Parkinson`s?

Answer:

Sir James Parkinson first gave a comprehensive description of the disease in his "An Essay on the Shaking Palsy." However, the head tremor you describe is more likely to be essential tremor.

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Response by:

Arif Dalvi, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati