A film of a patient with marche à petits pas made by Dr James Purdon Martin

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Title: A film of a patient with marche à petits pas made by Dr James Purdon Martin

Reference: QSA/19628

Date: Approx 1 Jan 1960 to 31 Dec 1969

Description: A 4 minute B&W silent film showing a patient's gait, including when marching on the spot, and climbing stairs Dr James Purdon Martin (1893-1984) was born on a farm in County Antrim and died at his home in Queen Square, London . After a house appointment in Liverpool he moved to the National Hospital and three years later in 1925 was appointed to the Consultant Staff and in 1945 he became the first Dean of the newly constituted Institute of Neurology. In his book the Basal Ganglia and Posture published in 1967 after his retirement from the staff at the National Hospital, Purdon Martin described important original research investigations on balance disturbances in post-encephalitic Parkinson’s disease and Wilson’s disease. This along with his earlier report of hemiballismus due to a partial lesion of the contralateral subthalamic nucleus came to be considered his most important contributions to our understanding of neurology. See also additional Purdon Martin film footage: https://queensquare.org.uk/archives/interesting/film-footage

Creator: Dr Purdon Martin, with acknowledgements to the Department of Medical Illustration, Institute of Neurology

Storage Reference: Online only

Acquisition: A gift to the archives from Professor Andrew Lees


Keywords: Individuals, People, Purdon Martin James, Sources, Video and Film

Compilations: Film footage

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