(1755 - 1828)

James Parkinson was born in London, and in his early education studied Latin, Greek, natural philosophy and shorthand which he considered as proper basic tools for a physician. Early on he assisted and then took over the practice of his father in general medicine. At the end of the 18th century, he was already established as a social reformer and voiced his opinions openly on war, the military establishment, on the causes for poverty, on civil disobedience, on revolution and even on medical education. His hobbies included geology and paleontology. He wrote a little known medical monograph on "Observations on the Nature and Cure of Gout" in 1805. But his "ESSAY ON THE SHAKING PALSY" published in 1817 gained him immortality in the annals of Medicine.There is no likeness ever found of James Parkinson.
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