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Daniel LeClerc (1652-1728), who wrote the first large history of medicine, came from a family of scholars and was the son of a physician. He was born in Geneva on Feb. 4, 1652. He studied there as well as in Montpellier and Paris. Afterward he settled in Geneva, where he practiced until his death, which occurred on June 17, 1728. In spite of an extensive practice, he found time for scientific works, the most prominent of which is his well known history. The title page reads: "Histoire de la médecine (Ou l'on voit l'origine et les progrès de cet art) par Daniel LeClerc, Docteur en Médecine—Geneva, 1696." This work deals with the history of medicine from earliest antiquity to the beginning of the seventeenth century. It is written in a delightfully quaint French style, is lucid, colorful and replete with references to classical authors and abounds in medical anecdotes of
KLEIN JE. LE CLERC'S ACCOUNT OF THE ORIGIN OF CHEMOTHERAPY AND THE INTRODUCTION OF SYPHILIS INTO EUROPE. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1935;31(3):324–328. doi:10.1001/archderm.1935.01460210035003
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