The tulip, symbol of Parkinson’s disease

World Day of Parkinson’s Disease

World Parkinson’s Day is celebrated every year on April 11th, the birthday of Dr. James Parkinson. This day is dedicated to defending the interests of people who have the disease. World Parkinson’s Day raises awareness of this disease and aims to spur new research and treatment projects. Parkinson Society Canada is working to educate the public, particularly during the month of April, which is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, by organizing fundraising and awareness activities, and informing Canadians living with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s and the people across the country. Parkinson’s disease has been described for the first time by a British doctor, Dr. James Parkinson, in his essay entitled “An Essay on the Shaking Palsy” (1817). He speaks of “involuntary tremor movements accompanied by a weakening of the muscles, both when the person is motionless and when he is supported, with a tendency to bend the trunk forward and to go from walking to running, the senses and the intellect are not affected.

Four decades later, Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot added rigidity to Dr. Parkinson’s excellent clinical description and referred to the syndrome as Parkinson’s disease.

What is Parkinson’s Tulip?

On April 11, 2005, the Red Tulip was adopted as a global symbol of Parkinson’s disease at the 9th Luxembourg Parkinson’s Day Conference. The history of the red tulip begins in 1980, in the Netherlands, when JWS Van der Wereld, a
Dutch horticulturist with Parkinson’s disease, is developing a red and white tulip. In 1981, Mr. Van der Wereld gave his precious cultivar named “tulip of Dr. James Parkinson” in honor of the man who described for the first time the disease which he suffered himself and in honor of the International Year of Disabled People. That same year, the tulip received the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit from London, England, as well as the Experimental Gardening Award from the Royal General Bulb Growers of Holland. It is described as a flower “outside with a brilliant cardinal red, with a small flamed rim and whitish outer base, red currant inside with red Adrianople, broad flamed white rim and pale yellow anthers”.