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Pediatric Biographies
November 1928


Am J Dis Child. 1928;36(5):1037-1039. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1928.01920290165012

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Felix Platter was born in Sion. His father was a learned scholar, but not much of a business man. In spite of the financial condition of the family, Felix was sent to Montpellier, where, after five years of assiduous study, he received his doctor's degree in 1557. Following this, he and his brother Thomas traveled about France, and after his "Wanderjahr," which included part of Germany, he returned to Basel, where he lived a long and useful life. For fifty-four years, he was archiater and professor of medicine. He founded a botanical garden, which, as he was childless, he willed to his students. He had a marvellous collection pertaining to natural history and was an enthusiastic anatomist. He was the first of the new Vesalian school in Germany and is said to have made the first dissection of the human body in that country. During his life, his dissections ran

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