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A new look at James Parkinson's Essay on the Shaking Palsy.

Kempster, PA; Hurwitz, B; Lees, AJ; (2007) A new look at James Parkinson's Essay on the Shaking Palsy. Neurology , 69 (5) pp. 482-485. 10.1212/01.wnl.0000266639.50620.d1.

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Abstract

James Parkinson's Essay on the Shaking Palsy, published in 1817, represents a landmark in the development of writing about neurologic disorders. Parkinson was an astute clinician-investigator, and his wide scientific interests and ideas on social advancement in many ways typified the spirit of the Age of Enlightenment. Our commentary on the text of his essay identifies important sources of its originality: the particular way in which Parkinson collected and categorized clinical material, his use of a field neurology method to identify affected individuals, and his skills as a narrative writer. Although the essay belongs to an older tradition of disease classification, it also anticipates the modern neurologist's reliance on accurate clinical description and natural history in establishing a diagnosis.

Type: Article
Title: A new look at James Parkinson's Essay on the Shaking Palsy.
Location: United States
DOI: 10.1212/01.wnl.0000266639.50620.d1
Keywords: Diagnosis, Differential, History, 19th Century, Humans, Manuscripts, Medical as Topic, Neurology, Parkinson Disease, Philosophy, Medical, United Kingdom
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology > Clinical and Movement Neurosciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/115963
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