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André Du Laurens
(9 Dec 1558 - 16 Aug 1609)

French anatomist and physician who became a royal physician at the French court of Henry IV. He published many medical works, including anatomical textbooks and his most popular Discours de la conservation de la veue (A Discourse of the Preservation of Sight). That work, intended for the lay reader, had more than twenty editions, and was also translated into English, German, Latin and Italian. [Image: plate from his Historia anatomica humani corporis]

Science Quotes by André Du Laurens (2 quotes)

How many famous men be there in this our age, which make scruple to condemne these old witches, thinking it to bee nothing but a melancholike humour which corrupteth thei imagination, and filleth them with all these vaines toyes. I will not cast my selfe any further into the depth of this question, the matter craveth a man of more leisure.
Describing melancholy as the innocent affliction of those regarded as witches instead of Satanic influence, while distancing himself from the controversy.
— André Du Laurens
Discours de la conservation de la veue; des maladies mélancholiques, des catarrhes, et de la vieillese (1594). In Richard Surphlet (trans.) A Discourse of the Preservation of the Sight: of Melancholike Diseases; of Rheumes, and of Old Age (1599), 98-9. Quoted in Michael Heyd, Be sober and Reasonable (), 58.
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The Hypochondriake disease..[is] a drie and hote distemperature of Mesenterium, the liver and spleene.
Earliest citation in the etymology of the word hypochondriac given in the Oxford English Dictionary.
— André Du Laurens
Discours de la conservation de la veue; des maladies mélancholiques, des catarrhes, et de la vieillese (1594). In Richard Surphlet (trans.) A Discourse of the Preservation of the Sight: of Melancholike Diseases; of Rheumes, and of Old Age (1599), 125.
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