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The Enlightened Mr. Parkinson


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Cherry Lewis is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. A geologist by training, she worked in the oil industry as well as in the press office of the University of Bristol before turning her interests to the history of geology. She is the author of The Dating Game: One Man's Search for the Age of the Earth (Cambridge University Press, 2000).


'Lewis writes in an enjoyably digressive style: her descriptions of medical practice at the end of the 18th century, and of changing life in east London, are particularly engaging.' -- The Scotsman
'A vivid picture of the peculiarities of the time.' * Mail on Sunday *
'In a splendid new book, historian of geology Cherry Lewis introduces us to a fascinating, multifaceted Enlightenment figure: the intellectually curious, politically active and socially concerned London surgeon-apothecary James Parkinson (1755-1824).' -- Tilli Tansey * Medical History: A Surgeon for all Seasons *
'Lewis paints a vivid portrait of the life and times of a man of many talents ... a fine, informative read.' -- Manjit Kumar * Prospect *
'A well-written, comprehensive biography of a genuine polymath.' * The Tablet *
'A fascinating account. Parkinson fought for the rights of the vulnerable, moved some scientific fields forward and observed what most people could not see. Absorbing. Anyone interested in the history of medicine, politics and geology will enjoy this book. I finished it in awe of Parkinson's many accomplishments and contributions to politics, health and science.'

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