VIDEO: Professor Brian Hurwitz’s lecture on James Parkinson

Brian Hurwitz’s lecture, “Visualising a new disease: James Parkinson and his Essay,” delivered on the 29th November 2017 in the Weston Room of the Maughan Library, Chancery Lane is now available to watch online.

Click through here (where more contextual information about the talk is available in the video description) or watch in the embedded video below.

This lecture is just one of multiple talks Brian Hurwitz has delivered recently. At the Bodleian in Oxford, he gave a talk on James Parkinson’s writings to an audience of around 100 members of the public. This talk explored Parkinson’s contributions to the print culture of his day, focusing on interventions by Parkinson that wielded sharp criticism and heavy sarcasm as frequently as the measured and polite tones of precise geological and clinical description.

Whilst to a specialised audience at the Department of Neurosciences in Cambridge, he delivered a lecture on James Parkinson’s neurology on the 5th December 2017. This talk drew out the observational, descriptive, literary and logical qualities of Parkinson’s Essay, and demonstrated how an eighteenth-century surgeon-apothecary who treated the condition with the application of leeches, cupping and fomentations, also thought and reasoned neurologically.

Brian Hurwitz trained as a general practitioner in central London and worked on the borders of Hoxton before taking up the chair of Medicine and the Arts at King’s College London. Based in the Department of English at King’s his research interests include narrative studies in relation to medical practice, ethics, law and the logic and literary form of clinical case reports. At King’s he directs the Centre for the Humanities and Health, a multidisciplinary unit offering research training at masters, PhD and postdoctoral levels. Prior to his current position he was Professor of Primary Care and General Practice at Imperial College London.

His most recent publication is “The Narrative Constructs of Modern Clinical Case Reporting,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, 62 (2017), pp. 65-73. Available here:


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