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December 25, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(26):2173. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680260041021

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Centenary of Pinel's Death  The centennial of Pinel's death has been celebrated this year, and, as Professor Archard said, in his discourse at the Academy of Medicine, October 26, Philip Pinel was a curious and noble figure. Born at St. Paul, near Castres, April 17, 1745, he studied theology at Toulouse, but feeling that theology was not his calling, went to Montpellier to study medicine. He then came to Paris and there at first gave himself up to researches in natural history. His name was proposed for the chair of comparative anatomy at the museum, but Cuvier was elected to it. In his medical writings, Pinel attempted to introduce order and precision in medicine, especially in his Nosographie philosophique, the first edition appearing in 1799 and the sixth in 1818. Its success was tremendous throughout the world. It was not a dry enumeration of facts, and it was in it

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