James Parkinson was born into a medical family in Shoreditch, London where his father owned a medical practice at 1 Hoxton Square. He enrolled at London Hospital Medical College in 1776 and earned his diploma of the Company of Surgeons in 1784. He went on to take over his fathers Hoxton Square medical practice where he served for many years. James Parkinson wrote medical papers and essays for the medical community with his most famous work being The Shaking Palsy which marked him as the first person to describe in detail six cases of what is now known as Parkinsons Disease. During his career he was well known as a social and political activist as well as a keen paleontologist and surgeon so it was most interesting researching and selecting my compilation of six of the best James Parkinson quotes.
- Mini Bio
- Name: James Parkinson
- Born: 11th April 1755, Shoreditch, London, England
- Died: 21st December 1824, Shoreditch, London, England
- Occupation: Surgeon, geologist and Social and Political Activist
- Famous for: Discovering Parkinsons disease which was named after him
- Notable essay: The Shaking Palsy in 1817
- Trivia: A stone tablet lays inside the church of St Leonard's, Shoreditch in commemoration of his life and his contributions to society
"The first symptoms perceived are, a slight sense of weakness, with a proneness to trembling in some particular part"
"The term palpitation may be employed to mark those morbid motions which chiefly characterise this disease"
"I have seen one, who was able to run, but not to walk"
"Anomalous cases of convulsive affections have been designated by the term Shaking Palsy"
"Leeches, stimulating fomentations, and a blister, which was made for sometime to yield a purulent discharge, were applied over the cervical vertebræ"
"I ordered him a grain of Opium a day in the gum pill; and in three or four days the shaking had nearly left him"