The Enlightened Mr. Parkinson (Hardcover)

The Pioneering Life of a Forgotten Surgeon

By Cherry Lewis

Pegasus Books, 9781681774541, 320pp.

Publication Date: August 8, 2017

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The story of this remarkable man's contributions to the Age of the Enlightenment is told through his three seemingly disparate passions: medicine, politics and fossils. As a political radical, Parkinson was interrogated over a plot to kill King George III and was in danger of exile. But simultaneously, he was helping Edward Jenner set up smallpox vaccination stations across London and writing the first scientific study of fossils in English, jump-starting a national craze. He is one of the intellectual pioneers of "the age of wonder," forgotten to history, but Cherry Lewis restores this amazing man to his rightful place in history with her evocative portrait of the man and his era.