Boerhaave, Herman

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Boerhaave, Herman Gender: M
born on 31 December 1668 (greg.) at 01:00 (= 01:00 AM )
Place Leiden, Netherlands, 52n10, 4e30
Timezone LMT m4e30 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 10°16' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 06°02 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 17°34'

Herman Boerhaave


Dutch botanist, humanist and physician of European fame.

He is regarded as the founder of clinical teaching and of the modern academic hospital. His main achievement was to demonstrate the relation of symptoms to lesions. In addition, he was the first to isolate the chemical urea from urine. His motto was Simplex sigillum veri (Simplicity is the sign of truth).

Boerhaave first described Boerhaave syndrome, which involves tearing of the esophagus, usually a consequence of vigorous vomiting. He notoriously described in 1724 the case of Baron Jan von Wassenaer, a Dutch admiral who died of this condition following a gluttonous feast and subsequent regurgitation.

On 14 September 1710, Boerhaave married Maria Drolenvaux, the daughter of the rich merchant, Alderman Abraham Drolenvaux. They had four children.

He died on 23 September 1738.

From 1950 to 1970, Boerhaave's image was printed on Dutch 20-guilder banknotes. The Leiden University Medical Centre organises medical trainings called Boerhaave-courses.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Gerrit Arie Lindeboom's book, "Herman Boerhaave: The Man and His Work" (Methuen, 1968), p. 11, note 1: "Boerhaave was born at one o'clock a.m. on 31 December 1668."


  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Philosopher
  • Vocation : Medical : Physician
  • Vocation : Science : Biology (botanist)