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Parkinson of the Disease: Apothecary, Pamphleteer, Fossilist and Freemason

April 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm



Join us at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry for a free talk to commemorate World Parkinson’s Day, when Professor Brian Hurwitz introduces his latest research on James Parkinson (1755 – 1824). Parkinson, the first person to describe the disease that now bears his name, published An Essay on the Shaking Palsy two hundred years ago.

Brian will explore revelations about Parkinson’s life as an apothecary, surgeon, palaeontologist and activist on behalf of the under-privileged in London. This illustrated presentation also highlights Parkinson’s membership as a freemason in Lodge of Freedom of Ease, now Moira Lodge, No. 92, London, in the late 18th century.

By kind permission of Moira Lodge, this event includes a unique opportunity to view the minute book covering the period of Parkinson’s membership and items relating to Parkinson from the library and archive collections of the Library and Museum.

Please visit freemasonrymuseum.eventbrite.co.uk to reserve your ticket.

Professor Brian Hurwitz, D’Oyly Carte Professor of Medicine and the Arts, is the Director of the Centre for Humanities and Health, King’s College London. A qualified medical practitioner, in 2017 Brian contributed articles to commemorate Parkinson in The Lancet, the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the International Review of Neurobiology.


April 11
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Freemasons’ Hall
60 Great Queen Street
London, WC2B 5AZ United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7395 9257