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English physician and paleontologist, born April 11, 1755, Hoxton Square, Shoreditch, London; died 1824, London.


  • Observations on Dr. Hugh Smith’s Philosophy of Physic. 1780.
  • The Chemical Pocket-Book, or Memoranda Chemica: Arranged in a Compendium of Chemistry: With Tables of Attractions, etc. Calculated as Well for the Occasional Reference of the Professional Student, As to Supply Others With a General Knowledge of Chemistry.
    London, 1799. 2nd. edition, 1801.
  • Medical Admonitions Addressed to Families Respecting the Practice of Domestic Medicine and the Preservation of Health.
    2 volumes; London, 1799. 6th edition, 1812.
  • The Villager’s Friend and Physician. 1800.
  • The Hospital Pupil; or an Essay Intended to Facilitate the Study of Medicine and Surgery.
    London, 1800, 1817.
  • Dangerous sports: a Tale addressed to Children. 1800.
  • The Way to Health. London, 1802.
  • Hints for the Improvement of Trusses; intended to render their use less inconvenient, and to prevent the necessity of an understrap . . . London, 1802.
  • Organic Remains of a Former World. An Examination of the Mineralized Remains of the Vegetables and Animals of the Antediluvian World Generally Termed Extraneous Fossils.
    3 volumes. London, 1804-1811 (2nd volume 1808; 3rd 1811).
  • Observations on the Nature and Cure of Gout. London, 1805.
    Like Sydenham, Parkinson suffered from gout and wrote on the subject.
  • Remarks on Mr. Whitbread’s Plan for the Education of the Poor. 1807.
  • Observations on the Excessive Indulgence of Children. 1807.
  • Madhouses. Observations on the act for regulating mad-houses. London, 1811.
  • Case of diseased appendix vermiformis.
    Medico-Chirurgical Transactions, London, 1812, 3: 57.
    Written with his son J. W. K. Parkinson.
    First descriprion of a case of appendicitis in England, recognizing rupture of the appendic as the cause of death.
  • An Essay on the Shaking Palsy.
    London, Whittingham & Rowland, 1817.
    Reprinted in Medical Classic, 1938, 2: 946-97.
    Facsimile editions printed by the American Medical Association in 1917.
    Facsimile edition, with biography of Parkinson by Macdonald Critchley, London, 1955.
    Facsimile reproduction by Dawson in London, 1959.
  • Observations on the necessity for parochial fever wards.
    Medico-Chirurgical Transactions, London, 1818.
  • Outlines of Oryctology: An Introduction to the Study of Fossil Organic Remains; Especially of Those Found in the British Strata: Intended to Aid the Student in His Inquiries Respecting the Nature of Fossils and Their Connection With the Formation of the Earth.
    London, 1822. Parkinson's notes on John Hunter's lectures were transcribed by his son and published as Hunterian Reminiscences. London, 1833. Works on James Parkinson and his times:
  • L. G. Rowntree:
    James Parkinson.
    Johns Hopkins Hospital Bulletin, 1912, 23: 33-45.
  • J. Challinor:
    Beginnings of Scientific Paleontology in Britain.
    Annals of Science, Toronto, 1948, 6: 46-53.
  • W. R. Bett:
    James Parkinson: Practitioner, Pamphleteer, Politician and Pioneer in Neurology.
    Medical Press, 1955, 234: 145.
  • M. Critchley, editor:
    James Parkinson (1755-1824). A Bicentenary Volume of Papers Dealing with Parkinson's Disease Incorporating the Original Essay on the Shaking Palsy.
    London, 1955. Contains a biography of Parkinson by W. H. McMenemey and a bibliography.
  • G. S. Boulger:
    James Parkinson. In Directory of National Biography.
  • J. M. Eyles:
    James Parkinson (1755-1824). Nature, 1955, 175: 580-581.
  • Dennis R. Dean:
    Gideon Mantell and the Discovery of Dinosaurs.
    312 pages. Cambridge University Press, 1998?
    A biography of the English geologist and paleontologist (1790-1852) who discovered the Iguanodon and other dinosaurs.

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