Festinating gait means hurried gait with small steps and is derived from the Latin word festinare (to run). The typical Parkinson�s disease gait also has stooped posture and decreased arm swing.
Prior to James Parkinson's seminal essay On a Shaking Palsy in 1817, Sauvages called this gait scelotyrbe festinans. This phenomenon has been described even earlier by Gaubius and Carguet. It was included in James Parkinson's definition together with tremor coactum / tremor coactus, which we today call rest tremor.
Please see an excellent essay by Dr. Ostheimer in the 1922 Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry for more details on the history of these terms.
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