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used by surgeons.

Original French:  dont vſent les Chirurgiens.

Modern French:  dont usent les Chirurgiens.


Rabelais, doctor in medicine

Rabelais left the monastery to study medicine at the University of Poitiers and at the University of Montpellier. In 1532 he moved to Lyon, one of the intellectual centres of France, and not only practiced medicine but edited Latin works for the printer Sebastian Gryphius (ca 1492-1556). From 1540, François Rabelais came to Gryphius to publish his translations of Hippocrates, Galen and Giovanni Mainardi. As a physician, he used his spare time to write and publish humorous pamphlets which were critical of established authority and stressed his own perception of individual liberty.


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Posted 9 February 2013. Modified 25 November 2014.

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