Swediaur's "Treatise on Syphilis" gave him an international reputation during his life, and it still occupies a modest place among the historically important books on syphilis. Proksch says that although Swediaur is far inferior to Astruc in the extent of his reading and in the accuracy of his method of handling the material presented, his work is the best that had been written since that of Astruc and far excels it in practical knowledge. His career is of interest for the reason that he did his work and acquired his reputation without occupying any position in a school or hospital. As Proksch says, he did everything that a physician could do, in a practice which was for the most part ambulatory.
François Xavier Swediaur was born in Steyt, Austria, on March 24, 1748. His father, of Swedish descent, had bought land and established himself in Austria by introducing the cultivation
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