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Pediatric Biographies
February 1929

SIMON DE VALLEMBERT

Am J Dis Child. 1929;37(2):401-404. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1929.01930020171016

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Abstract

According to Vallembert himself, he was the first to write a book in the French language devoted to the diseases of children, and no one disputes his claim. A sort of anthology in Latin, which Miron, physician to Louis XII made of his writing, is available, but its length discourages the reader unless he is extremely familiar with the Latin of that period. Possibly a number of copies of this rare book exist. I have seen the one in the British Museum, and presumably there is one in the Bibliothèque Nationale, but a morning's search resulted only in disappointment.

Like so many other medical men, Vallembert is known only by his writings, which consist of his book on children, and two other works: "Traité de la conduite des chirurgiens," Paris, 1558, and "Medicamentorum simplicium cognoscendorum methodus Turonibus," 1561.

The book on children, a volume of nearly 400 pages, printed in

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