The readability of the English Wikipedia article on Parkinson’s disease

  title={The readability of the English Wikipedia article on Parkinson’s disease},
  author={Francesco Brigo and Roberto Erro},
  journal={Neurological Sciences},
Millions of people surf the Internet every day as a source of health care information looking for materials about symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and their possible adverse effects, or diagnostic procedures. Since its launch in 2001, the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia has become the most popular general reference website, which contains approximately 30 million articles available in up to 287 languages and over 4.6 million English articles. With 18 billion page views and nearly 500 million… Expand
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