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Daniel Le Clerc (1652-1728) and his “Histoire de la Medecine”

Galyna Ivashchuk, Marios Loukas, R. Shane Tubbs, Margaret Wood Balch, Mohammadali M. Shoja


Daniel Le Clerc is best known for his book Histoire de la Medecine d’ou l’on voit l’origin et le pregress de l’art (The History of Medicine from which the Origin and Evolution of the Art can be Surmised), a first of its kind to describe, in considerable detail, the medical history from ancient times into the sixteenth century, with a particular emphasis on Greek medicine. Le Clerc was born in Geneva on February 4, 1652. He studied medicine in Paris, Valence, and Montpellier, ultimately returning to Geneva to practice. He wrote several books, of which his medical history, written in 1696, became a classic and has gone through multiple editions and translations including into English and Latin. Later in life, Le Clerc became involved in politics after election to the Council of Geneva in 1701, a position that he held until his death in 1728.

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