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February 1983

Pierre Briquet

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Department of Psychiatry University Hospital 339 Windermere Rd London, Ontario Canada N6A 5A5

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1983;40(2):223. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1983.01790020121014

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To the Editor.—  We published an article in the Archives entitled "Briquet's Treatise on Hysteria: A Synopsis and Commentary" (1980;37:1401-1405). In that article, we gave Briquet's first name as Paul. In his original monograph, only his first initial, P, was given on the title page. Investigation showed that the Index Biographique de l'Academie de Médicine and the Biographische Lexikon gave his first name as Paul, and the Dictionaire de Biographie Française as Pierre. Because the Index Biographique was contemporary, we decided that Paul was probably correct.Recently, one of us (F.M.) had occasion to visit Paris and was able to trace Briquet's grave in the Père Lachaise Cemetery, as the exact date of his death (Nov 25, 1881) was known from his obituaries. His grave was in a neglected state, but its inscription was clear and read as follows: "Ici repose Pierre Briquet/Médicin Honoraire des Hopitaux de Paris/Membre de l'Academie

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