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FIGURE 10 Counterfeit portrait of James Parkinson. To date, no portrait is known to exist of James Parkinson. This photograph of a dentist by the same name was erroneously published and widely circulated in 1938, as part of a Medical Classics edition of Parkinson's Essay (15). Because Parkinson died prior to the first daguerreotypes, if a portrait is found, it will be a line drawing, painting, or print. A written description does however exist. The paleontologist, Mantell wrote:

Mr. Parkinson was rather below middle stature, with an energetic intellect, and pleasing expression of countenance and of mild and courteous manners; readily imparting information, either on his favourite science or on professional subjects (9).

FIGURE 11 One of Parkinson's medical pamphlets. As an avid writer, Parkinson compiled many books and brochures that were widely circulated on basic hygiene and health. His Medical Admonitions to Families and The Villager's Friend and Physician were among the most successful, although he also wrote a children's book on safety entitled Dangerous Sports, in which he traced the mishaps of a careless child and lessons he learns through injury (13).

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