Broussais, François

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Broussais, François Gender: M
François-Joseph-Victor Broussais
born on 17 December 1772 at 17:00 (= 5:00 PM )
Place St.Malo, France, 48n39, 2w01
Timezone LMT m2w01 (is local mean time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 26°26' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 28°12 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 09°57'

François Broussais (circa 1817)
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French physician who passionately advocated the use of leeches in bloodletting procedures. He believed in the importance of physiology, arguing that diseases occurred when normal functions failed or were modified. Broussais' theory, known as medical physiology, argued that some diseases are just a result of irritation due to excitation or stimulation. This medical physiology became the most popular form of medical theory in Paris in the 19th century. It is believed that irritation then caused inflammation, which primarily occurred at the gastrointestinal tract in most diseases. Then, this irritation would pass to other organs "sympathetically". This led Broussais to believe that mild blood-letting could heal every illness. Broussais died on 17 November 1838, aged 65, in Vitry-sur-Seine.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield forwarded baptismal record, no birth time recorded [1], and cited birth time from a letter by Broussais's mother announcing to her husband the birth of her son, as quoted in "Annales de la Société d'histoire et d'archéologie de l'arrondissement de Saint-Malo" (1973), p. 183: "Saint-Malo, le 10 janvier 1773. Cher amy, naprenhende pleus et banie toute inquiétude, je suis acouchée le 17 décembre vers les 5 heures de lapres-mydy. Ma paine fut dure et laborieuse je my ô monde un bon petit garson bien joli et bien fort." (Translation: "Saint-Malo, 10 January 1773. My darling, on the 17th December around 5 pm I brought into the world a very nice and very strong little Boy").

GraZia Bordoni's Science file quotes Penfield for same data.


  • Vocation : Medical : Physician