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Early Detection Of Parkinson Through Changes In Handwriting


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New research uses (changes in) handwriting to detect Parkinson's diseases. Not specific to the use of fountain pens, perhaps an interesting read nonetheless:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130909105033.htm

 

One of the variables measured is pressure exerted on the writing surface. I think fountain pen users apply less pressure and I wonder if that might affect the results?

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Thanks for the link.

 

I am sceptical, though. There is a lot of inter-person variety in writing.

People used to writing with FP will on average have less writing pressure.

Also those used to italic script will hardly lift their pen.

 

What you can do is recognise changes over the years but that seems hardly practical.

 

The micrographia is well known, but again one should compare with the way people wrote, say, 10 years ago.

 

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As D.ick said, it is well documented, a timeline comparison is often very dramatic. I remember it from our pre-grad neurology lectures in the 80's.

Sadly, early diagnosis makes rather little difference to the management and ultimate course.

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