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From functional neurosurgery to “interventional” neurology: Survey of publications on thalamotomy, pallidotomy, and deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease from 1966 to 2001


  • Marwan I. Hariz MD, PhD

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    1. Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University Hospital, Umeå, Sweden
    2. Sobell Department for Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders, Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London, United Kingdom
    • Institute of Neurology, Box 146, Queen Square, London WC1N 3BG, United Kingdom
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Articles on surgery for Parkinson's disease (PD), published between 1966 and 2001, were reviewed with respect to whether the first author had a neurosurgical affiliation, and whether the papers appeared in neurosurgical or non-neurosurgical journals. Between 1966 and 1979, neurosurgeons and non-neurosurgeons published almost equally on surgery for PD in both neurosurgical and non-neurosurgical journals; between 1980 and 1995, the majority of publications were by neurosurgeons in neurosurgical journals; and after 1995, non-neurosurgeons were more often first authors of surgical publications and these were more frequent in non-neurosurgical journals. The fact that the first author of surgical publications on PD is often a non-neurosurgeon may have some bearing on the reported results of surgery. © 2003 Movement Disorder Society

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