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January 1991

James Parkinson: On Child Abuse and Other Things

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology, University of Mississippi Medical Center (Dr R. D. Currier) and the Mississippi State Department of Health (Dr M. M. Currier), Jackson.

Arch Neurol. 1991;48(1):95-97. doi:10.1001/archneur.1991.00530130107027

• James Parkinson, a general physician, was interested in all facets of medical care, and wrote two books for the lay public that contained comments on diverse things. He may have been one of the first physicians to publicly describe child abuse. Some of his advice to the public was of a neurologic nature, and included directions on the diagnosis and treatment of pseudoseizures, epilepsy, drowning, and stroke.