Neurotransmitters in old age

  • Walther Birkmayer
  • Peter Riederer


The proportion of old people in the population is everywhere on the increase, and so there is naturally a corresponding increase in the number of sick people. Old people very rarely suffer from just a single illness, and so it is hard for the practising physician to establish priorities among the variety of necessary medicines. Theoretically most old people need drugs to make them sleep, drugs to help their circulation, drugs to prevent joint pain, antidepressant drugs, drugs to prevent memory loss and drugs to combat fatigue.


Sick People Endogenous Depression Antidepressive Drug Single Illness Neurotransmitter Substance 


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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Walther Birkmayer
    • 1
  • Peter Riederer
    • 2
  1. 1.Birkmayer-Institut für ParkinsontherapieViennaAustria
  2. 2.Clinical Neurochemistry, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of WürzburgFederal Republic of Germany

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