"Lewis paints a vivid portrait of the life and times of a man of many talents"by Manjit Kumar / April 13, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in May 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
The Enlightened Mr Parkinson, by Cherry Lewis (Icon Books, £20)
During the last two decades of the 18th century, the organisation of medical practice in Britain was changing from the three-way division of apothecaries, surgeons and physicians into the more familiar model of the general practitioner and specialist consultant. This change was driven largely by the competition for fee-paying patients, explains Cherry Lewis in her biography of James Parkinson, after whom Parkinson’s disease is named.
Starting out as an apothecary, by the time of his death in December 1824 Parkinson was a highly respected surgeon and a medical pioneer. Born in Hoxton in April 1755, his life spanned a period of great upheaval wrought by the industrial revolution and the burgeoning of science and technology. Against this backdrop, Lewis paints a vivid portrait of the life and times of a man of many talents.