Other names: 'Siren', 'Doctor God'
Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour, 1914
Commandeer of the Legion of Honour, 1904
Officer of the Legion of Honour, 1894
Knight of the Legion of Honour, 1886
Senator for Dordogne, 1898
Member of the Academy of Medicine in Paris, 1896
President of the Society of Anthropology, 1888
Member of the Society of Anthropology, 1870
A surgeon and pioneer of modern gynaecology, he came from a Huguenot Swiss-Italian family. In 1864, he enrolled in the Medical School of Paris, and later had various appointments as an intern. When the Franco-Prussian was declared in 1870, he was part of the second-aid staff of the Military Health Service. In 1875, he was a professor in the Medical School of Paris. He held various posts including surgeon to the public lunatic asylum of the Seine Department (1874), director of the Surgical Department at the Lourcine hospital (1883), and Professor of the first chair of gynaecology in Medical School of Paris (1901). He had a relationship with the actress Sarah Bernhardt, and later performed surgery on her twice. He was murdered by a patient after refusing to give him a second operation.
Place of birth: Bergerac, Dordogne
Place of death: Paris
Place of burial: Bergerac, Dordogne
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2. Ministère de la Culture: Archives Nationales. Présentation de la base de données Léonore (Légion d'honneur)
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