Taipei, Aug. 22 (CNA) A 65-year-old man in Tainan who shouted, yelled, punched and kicked his way to sleep every night scared his family to the point it thought he was possessed by a ghost.
But after repeated consultations with gods at local temples were unable to cure the man, his family decided to bring him to Tainan Municipal Hospital to see if the affliction might have a more earthly explanation.
Tsai Tsung-ju, a physician in the hospital's Department of Internal Neurology, said Monday that the man actually had Parkinson's disease and that his symptoms were not unusual.
The doctor said the man's relatives thought he was simply having nightmares when he shouted, yelled and kicked in his sleep, but as time passed, his movements grew more violent, and he eventually ended up punching and kicking his wife in the middle of the night.
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