Matthew retired not too long ago. Several years ago, he discovered that it became difficult for him to move his hand, and a neurologist came to a disappointing conclusion: “You have Parkinson’s disease in its initial stages. But don’t be upset— we will treat it.” From that time on, Matthew constantly read to learn more about his illness. Since he was interested in history, he first discovered the person the disease was named in honor of. James Parkinson was born on April 11th, 1755 in East London in the family of surgeon John Parkinson and followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a doctor. He was a talented practitioner, saved people’s lives, and even became one of the first members of the Royal Humane Society (a charitable organization which provided first aid to those who were affected by emergencies). Parkinson was observant and noticed many things. This helped him in his scientific research: in 1817, the Whittingham & Rowland published his work: “An Essay on the Shaking Palsy,” in which he summarized six clinical cases. Interestingly, the afflicted were not his patients — as a doctor, Parkinson often walked in the streets of London and observed people with similar symptoms.

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