Medicine: Progress In Parkinsonism

When Mexican doctors announced early this month that they were treating Parkinson's disease by transferring adrenal-gland cells into the brain, a million or so American victims wanted to know one thing: When would the new * technique be available in the U.S.?

They did not have to wait long for an answer. Last week doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center performed the first such U.S. operation on Dickye Baggett, 42, a Nashville-area clerical worker. Said Dr. George Allen, who led the medical team: "This may usher in a new era of transplantation of tissue into the brain."

Parkinsonism, characterized by tremors,...

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