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The wrong James Parkinson
  1. Simon R W Stott
  1. Correspondence to Dr Simon Stott, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair, Forvie Site, Robinson Way, Cambridge, CB2 0PY, UK; ss2060{at}cam.ac.uk

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If you conduct an internet search for ‘Dr James Parkinson’ (1755–1824)—eponymously associated with the neurodegenerative disease—you encounter one particular photo (figure 1). The problem is, as Mark Lawden pointed out in Practical Neurology in 2011,1 this is not Dr James Parkinson, raising the question: who is it?

Figure 1

James Cumine Parkinson.1 …

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