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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?
Funding SRWS is funded by DDPDgenes, Parkinson's UK and the CurePD Trust.
Competing interests None.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed. This paper was reviewed by Christopher Gardner-Thorpe, Exeter, UK.