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To the Editor:—
I read with interest the note that was devoted in the February 11 issue of The Journal (p. 434) to the great chemist Fourneau and to his important scientific contributions. I am sorry that you did not mention anything about his tragic experiences during the last years of his life. Before the war, Fourneau was vice president of the French-German Committee, because he believed that France had great interest in being on good terms with Germany. At the time of the liberation the old man was arrested and put in a concentration camp (on the order of somebody who should have never been permitted to issue this order); he remained there for several months. On his dismissal from the concentration camp he was expelled from the Pasteur Institute; in order to continue his research he had to organize a laboratory at his own expense. But, even in
Vignes H. E. FOURNEAU, FRENCH CHEMIST. JAMA. 1950;144(2):201. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920020121026
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