Gentlemen of the Hammer: British Medical Geologists in the 19th Century

  title={Gentlemen of the Hammer: British Medical Geologists in the 19th Century},
  author={Alex Sakula},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine},
  pages={788 - 794}
  • A. Sakula
  • Published 1 December 1990
  • Geology, History
  • Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
A commemorative plaque on the building which now stands on the site of the original house at 1 Hoxton Square, Shoreditch, London, reads: 'James Parkinson 1755-1824 Physician and Geologist lived here' (Figure 1). James Parkinson, famous for his original description of paralysis agitans, was by no means the only distinguished 19th century physician who was also a geological enthusiast. In fact, during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a remarkable number of medical men took an interest in… 

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