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July 1935

CLAUDE BERNARD 1813-1878

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MONTREAL, CANADA

Arch NeurPsych. 1935;34(1):179-184. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1935.02250190185007
Abstract

Claude Bernard, who was destined to become the father of experimental medicine, was born in the little village of St. Julien in the department of the Rhône on July 12, 1813. Not a great deal is known of his early years, but he attended the Jesuit College in the nearby town of Villefranche and evidently showed promise, as he was later sent to Lyons to continue his studies. Instead of completing these, however, he entered the shop of a pharmacist in which he acted as dispenser. The work neither impressed nor appealed to him, and indeed his main attention was directed to the theater, which he frequented as often as possible. This led him to the writing of a play, "La rose du Rhône," which was produced with some success. Encouraged by the result, he turned his attention to the composition of a historical drama and, on its completion, set

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