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January 1929


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Arch Derm Syphilol. 1929;19(1):89-97. doi:10.1001/archderm.1929.02380190092007

Alibert, the classic scholar, the brilliant speaker, the fascinating writer, the alert observer, the accomplished man of the world, was the happy means fate chose to initiate modern French dermatology.

Jean Louis Alibert was born in 1768, and died in 1837 at the age of 69. He was, therefore, 21 when the Bastile was stormed.

The French Revolution was not alone an economic and political upheaval but also a mental and moral reawakening. It has been said that then everything was young—the century, the government, the ideas, the modes of study and the subjects for study. The revolution was as profound in medicine as in other branches of thought, and an enumeration of some of Alibert's scientific contemporaries shows what a ferment was working in that busiest of capitals, Paris.

SOME OF ALIBERT'S CONTEMPORARIES  It was just fifteen years before the revolution that Priestley visited Lavoisier in Paris, and spoke

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