Parkinson of the Disease: Apothecary, Pamphleteer, Fossilist and Freemason

Library and Museum of Freemasonry, Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street, London

Event location:
Museum of Freemasonry, Freemasons? Hall, 60 Great Queen Street
When:Wed 11th Apr 2018
Where:Library and Museum of Freemasonry, Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ
Nearest Station:Holborn
Map:Map & Nearby
Times:18.30 - 20.00

About the event

Join us at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry for a free talk to commemorate World Parkinson’s Day, when Professor Brian Hurwitz introduces his latest research on James Parkinson (1755 – 1824). Parkinson, the first person to describe the disease that now bears his name, published An Essay on the Shaking Palsy two hundred years ago.

Brian will explore revelations about Parkinson’s life as an apothecary, surgeon, palaeontologist and activist on behalf of the under-privileged in London. This illustrated presentation also highlights Parkinson’s membership as a freemason in Lodge of Freedom of Ease, now Moira Lodge, No. 92, London, in the late 18th century.
By kind permission of Moira Lodge, this event includes a unique opportunity to view the minute book covering the period of Parkinson’s membership and items relating to Parkinson from the library and archive collections of the Library and Museum.
Professor Brian Hurwitz, D’Oyly Carte Professor of Medicine and the Arts, is the Director of the Centre for Humanities and Health, King’s College London. A qualified medical practitioner, in 2017 Brian contributed articles to commemorate Parkinson in The Lancet, the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the International Review of Neurobiology.

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