Medical Definition of Parkinson, James

Reviewed on 6/3/2021

Parkinson, James: (1755-1824) English physician and paleontologist who gave a classic account in 1817 of a chronic, slowly progressive disease of the nervous system characterized by a combination of tremor, rigidity, and stooped posture. Parkinson called it the shaking palsy. It is now known as Parkinson's disease. In 1812 Parkinson wrote the first article ever published on appendicitis and he was the first person to recognize perforation of the appendix as a cause of death.


Parkinson's disease is only seen in people of advanced age. See Answer

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