The Hôpital Saint-Louis deservedly enjoys a world-wide reputation as a dermatologic center not only because clinical dermatology first achieved importance there but also by reason of the many illustrious dermatologists who have been members of its staff. Visitors to the institution become conversant after a time with some of its more recent history, but to most of them, at least, the distant past is a closed book. It shall be my endeavor to bridge this gap, starting at the very foundation of the hospital by Henry of Navarre. Much of its early history has been gleaned from Dogny's excellent thesis,1 while Monsieur Jampy,2 the director of the Hôpital Saint-Louis, has put me deeply in his debt by furnishing many facts of recent date.
Henry IV issued an edict on May 19, 1607, providing for the erection of a hospital to the northeast of Paris and some
BEESON BB. THE HÔPITAL SAINT-LOUISA HISTORICAL SKETCH. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1935;32(4):563–568. doi:10.1001/archderm.1935.01470040020005