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Essential tremor, deceptively simple …
  1. Fatta B Nahab, Clinical Fellow,
  2. Elizabeth Peckham, Clinical Fellow,
  3. Mark Hallett, Chief
  1. Human Motor Control Section, NINDS/NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr F B Nahab
 NINDS/NIH, 10 Center Drive, Bldg 10/5N226, Bethesda, MD 20892-1428, USA; nahabf{at}


The diagnosis and management of essential tremor appears deceptively simple. However, isolated mild tremor may be difficult to classify, and if the patients have any additional features the diagnosis is more difficult. Management can be challenging, despite the numerous treatments available, because so many patients are not benefited adequately and some not at all. However, as we gain a better understanding of the disorder, more effective therapies with fewer adverse effects are sure to follow.

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  • * CE stands for “Common Era” or “Current Era” and is the preferred—by these authors and others—religiously neutral substitute for AD (Anno Domini). Of course, CE could also stand for Christian Era, which rather destroys the point. With this notation BC becomes BCE (Before Current/Common Era). Editor

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