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November 21, 1966

Boerhaave Syndrome

Author Affiliations

From the weekly X-ray Seminar, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

JAMA. 1966;198(8):844-846. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110210094030

A great teacher and chemist, Hermann Boerhaave (1668-1738) was born in Voorhout, Holland, near Leyden. After studying medicine at the University of Harderwijk, he entered practice in Leyden. In 1714 he was elected Rector of the University of Leyden, where he organized the famous Leyden Clinic. Eponymically he is remembered by "Boerhaave's syndrome" and by "Boerhaave's sweat glands" of the skin. In 1732 Boerhaave published Elementa Chemiae, a textbook of chemistry which was the laading text during the 18th century (Newerla, G.J.: Medical History in Philately, American Topical Association, Milwaukee, 1964, pp 17-18.)