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Unformatted text preview: and projecting to the Basal Ganglia (motor structures). Major structures of the brain 2 Parkinson’s Disease Story:--A northern CA illegal drug dealer synthesized a modified version of heroin for street sale. This synthesized version of heroin (i.e., a "designer" drug) turned out to be a poison which caused "Parkinsonian" symptoms in its young victims.--Subsequently, this synthetic neurotoxin has been investigated as a possible cause for "naturally" occurring Parkinson's Disease, and has been used to study the disease and its possible treatments. Parkinson’s Disease What the Movie Illustrates:--Movie illustrates how discovery of this neurotoxin has stimulated research to understand and treat a very common nervous system disorder.--It vividly illustrates what this disease is like.--It presents the ethical and political controversy surrounding fetal tissue (& stem cell) transplants. The End...
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2008 for the course PSYCH 201 taught by Professor Sereno during the Spring '07 term at University of Oregon.
- Spring '07