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March 8, 1965

PIERRE-FRANÇOIS RAYER (1793-1867) PHYSICIAN TO THE KINGS OF FRANCE

JAMA. 1965;191(10):856. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080100074023
Abstract

Rayer of Paris is better known among dermatologists for his Treatise on Diseases of the Skin, which contains excellent early descriptions of several cutaneous maladies, than among internists for his monograph on Diseases of the Kidney. In comparative medicine, however, he was at his best in a discussion of the contagiousness of farcy, a variant of glanders. Rayer was born at Saint Sylvain, studied medicine, and served his internship in the French capital. His doctoral thesis was devoted to the history of pathological anatomy, an indication of a broad interest in the medical sciences and in a subject that was to form the basis of his contributions to dermatology. He was associated first with Saint Antoine Hospital, but he moved on to Charité where the affiliation was mutually agreeable and long-lasting. His academic appointments, which were undoubtedly deserved, were not above political intrigue. Rayer was elected to the Academy of

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