James Parkinson’s incredible letter about the discovery of Sleep-Wake regulation

Letter from Pr Henri Joyeux no 139

In his letter to all those affected by Parkinson’s disease, Pr Henri Joyeux gets the father of the disease himself to talk. How did he discover and describe it? Why is it named after him? Why are the numerous treatments proposed to patients relatively ineffective, even at the onset of the disease, and why does the body become resistant to them?
James Parkinson presents the discovery made in France by Pr Jean-Bernard Fourtillan, a professor of medicinal chemistry. It relates to the regulation of the Sleep-Wake system, which is the responsibility of the pineal gland, aka epiphysis. The deregulation of this system causes all the disorders of the disease, in the centre of the brain, in the basal ganglia. Incredible therapeutic prospects for tens of millions of people worldwide.

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