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The introduction of L-Dopa has been a landmark in Neuroscience. Before the use of L-Dopa, Parkinson's disease (PD) was considered a disabling disease with no effective treatment. The development of L-Dopa followed a rationale approach: first, the discovery of dopamine deficiency in the striatum of patients with PD; and then the use of precursor of dopamine. Overall, the whole process took less than 12 years; this is a remarkable short time taking into account that the development of a similar crucial drug such as insulin took 50 years. In addition, the success of L-Dopa stimulated the neurochemistry research for all neurodegenerative diseases.