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In the 1920s, Minor published a series of papers with regard to familial essential tremor. Two peculiarities impressed Minor in his studies of families affected by tremor: firstly the advanced age that many of the members attained and secondly the large size of the families. These characteristics led Minor to propose the notion of a ‘status macrobioticus multiparus’, characterized by the triad of tremor, longevity and fecundity [5].


L. Minor:
Das erbliche Zittern. In: M. Lewandowsky, editor: Handbuch der Neurologie, volume 16, 1936. Julius Springer, Berlin. Pages 974–1005.

L. Minor:
Neue Beobachtungen über das erbliche Zittern. Russk Klin, 1929, 12:713–725.

Bernfried Leiber,editor:
Die klinischen Syndrome. Syndrome, Sequenzen und Symptomenkomplexe.
Urban & Schwarzenberg, München-Wien-Baltimore. Ca. 1990.

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