The History of l-Deprenyl

  • M. J. Parnham
Part of the Milestones in Drug Therapy book series (MDT)


The above statement was quoted first to me many years ago by Iván Bonta during a successful four-year period I spent in his department in Rotterdam. It is particularly apt as the opening sentence to a history of l-deprenyl, since it was first said by a Hungarian Nobel Prizewinner, quoted to me by an ex-Hungarian emigré, and summarizes very succinctly the story of a Hungarian drug, published in a book by a Germano-Hungarian editor! But the history of l-deprenyl is much more than a parochial Hungarian affair; its see-saw fortunes have carried it on a roller-coaster developmental journey through many countries over 30 years. At each stage there have been a few clear thinkers who, while seeing the facts at their and others’ disposal, still managed to think what others had not thought.


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