feature of the month - September 2017

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James Parkinson (1755 – 1824) was a Fellow of the Medical & Chirurgical Society, the forerunner Society to the Royal Society of Medicine. His signature appears in the obligation book of the MCS. The 1817 volume of the Medico-Chirurgical Transactions records the fact that Parkinson donated a copy of his Essay on the Shaking Palsy to the Society, and it is listed in the 1844 printed catalogue of the Library of the Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society of London. In his book on Parkinson, Christopher Gardner-Thorpe lists the RSM Library as holding one of the six copies said still to be in existence. We do, in fact, hold two copies. The copies displayed here were entered in the RSM Library accessions register on 25th January 1929, and were described as “purchased” although with no indication as to where or from whom.


“This little pamphlet”: an exhibition at the Library of the Royal Society of Medicine to mark the bicentenary of James Parkinson’s Essay on the Shaking Palsy opens on 6th November 2017 and runs until 27th January 2018.


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