James Parkinson's essay on the shaking palsy.

The publication was entitled "An Essay on the Shaking Palsy". This established Parkinson's disease as a recognised medical condition. The essay was based on six cases he had observed in his own practise and on walks around his neighbourhood. The essay was intended to encourage others to study the disease. Some 60 years after it was first published, a French neurologist by the name of Jean Martin Charcot did exactly that. Charcot was the first to truly recognise the importance of Parkinson's work and named the disease after him.

James Parkinson's essay on the shaking palsy

Alle organisaties wereldwijd die ‘iets’ met Parkinson te maken hebben, besteden dit jaar extra aandacht aan het belangrijke essay over shaking palsy – ‘trillende spierverlamming/-verzwakking’ – dat (1755-1824) in 1817 publiceerde. 200 jaar geleden! Hierin beschreef hij voor het eerst – en zeer gedetailleerd – wat later bekend zou worden als de ziekte van Parkinson. Daarmee inspireerde hij andere artsen om het shaking palsy syndroom nader te onderzoeken. Het was het fundament voor wat we nu allemaal weten over de ziekte.


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An Essay on the Shaking Palsy by James ..

The syndrome was comprehensively described by James Parkinson in 1817 (An Essay on the Shaking Palsy). But the review of much early literature of Ayurveda date back as far as 5000 BC would show that syndrome strikingly similar to Parkinsonism was already known including the treatment with the seeds of a plant containing therapeutic levels of what is today known as levodopa apart from several other preparations. It is known as “Kampa vata”.