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Jean Alfred Fournier was born in Paris, on May 12, 1832, and was of modest origin. He showed early a marked aptitude in his preparatory studies, being an excellent Greek and Latin scholar. In 1855, he obtained fifth place in the rigid examination for internships in the Parisian hospitals. Among his fellow interns were Mauriac, Panas and Peter, all of whom became well known. Fate decided Fournier's subsequent career by early allotting him an internship under Ricord, then physician to the Midi Hospital, which is now an integral part of the Hospital Cochin. Ricord exerted a great influence over Fournier, and it was soon made known that he was his preferred pupil. Ricord, as we know, had rather revolutionary ideas about the venereal diseases, as the following anecdote will show.
Soon after his intern examination, Fournier sought out Velpeau and asked to serve under him. "Where are you going next
BEESON BB. ALFRED FOURNIER, HIS LIFE AND WORKS. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1924;10(3):297–303. doi:10.1001/archderm.1924.02360270024005
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