The enlightened Mr. Parkinson: the pioneering life of a forgotten surgeon and the mysterious disease that bears his name

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2017.
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First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
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Parkinson's disease is one of the most common forms of dementia, with 60,000 new cases each year in the United States alone, yet few know anything about the man the disease is named after. In 1817--two hundred years years ago--James Parkinson (1755-1824) defined this mysterious ailment so precisely that we still diagnose Parkinson's Disease today by recognizing the symptoms he identified.The story of this remarkable man's contributions to the Age of the Enlightenment is told through his three seemingly disparate passions: medicine, politics and fossils. As a political radical, Parkinson was interrogated over a plot to kill King George III and was in danger of exile. But simultaneously, he was helping Edward Jenner set up smallpox vaccination stations across London and writing the first scientific study of fossils in English, jump-starting a national craze. He is one of the intellectual pioneers of "the age of wonder," forgotten to history, but Cherry Lewis restores this amazing man to his rightful place in history with her evocative portrait of the man and his era.
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display_description A colorful and absorbing portrait of James Parkinson -- after whom Parkinson's disease is named -- and the turbulent, intellectually vibrant world of Georgian London. Author Cherry Lewis examines Parkinson's three seemingly disparate passions: medicine, politics, and fossils. As a political radical, Parkinson was interrogated over a plot to kill King George III, putting himself in danger of being exiled. He helped Edward Jenner set up smallpox vaccination stations across London, saving countless lives. He also wrote the first scientific study of fossils in English, jump-starting a craze for fossil hunting in Britain. Parkinson was truly one of the intellectual pioneers of 'the age of wonder,' forgotten to history -- until now. -- Adapted from book jacket.
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subject_facet Biographies, Neurologists -- Great Britain -- Biography, Parkinson's disease, Parkinson, James, -- 1755-1824
title_display The enlightened Mr. Parkinson : the pioneering life of a forgotten surgeon and the mysterious disease that bears his name
title_full The enlightened Mr. Parkinson : the pioneering life of a forgotten surgeon and the mysterious disease that bears his name / Cherry Lewis
title_short The enlightened Mr. Parkinson :
title_sub the pioneering life of a forgotten surgeon and the mysterious disease that bears his name
topic_facet Neurologists, Parkinson's disease, Parkinson, James