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Jean-Charles Faget

Born  1818
Died  1884

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French-American physician, born June 26, 1818, New Orleans; died December 7, 1884.

Biography of Jean-Charles Faget

Jean-Charles Faget was born to French parents in New Orleans. He studied in Paris from 1837 to 1845, and after receiving his doctorate in 1844 settled in New Orleans. He stayed in Paris 1866-1867 and subsequently lived in New Orleans for the rest of his life. His son, Charles Faget, became head of the clinic at the University of New Orleans under professor Samuel Merrfield Bemiss (1821-1884).

In 1858 he discovered a specific pathogonomic sign of yellow fever, a slow pulse at high fever. For his discovery he was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur [Knight of the Legion of Honour].

We thank Matthew Rollosson for information submitted.


  • Quelques faits anatomiques en faveur de de la cystotomie sus-pubienne chez les très-jeunes enfants; etc. Doctoral thesis, 1844.
  • Études sur les bases de la science médicale et exposition sommaire de la doctrine traditionelle. Paris, 1856.
  • Études médicale de quelques questions importantes pour la Louisiane, et exposé succinct d’une endémie paludéenne de forme catarrhale qui a sévi à la Nouvelle-Orléans, particulièrement sur les enfants, pendant l’epidémie de fièvre jaune de 1858.
    New Orleans, 1859.
  • Type and Specific of Malaria with Watch and Thermometer. New Orleans, 1859.
  • Mémoires et lettres sur la fièvre jaune et la fièvre paludéenne. New Orleans, 1864.
  • L’art d’apaiser les fouleurs de l’enfontement. Paris, 1880. Articles in New Orleans Medical Journal:
  • Croup and tracheotomy.
  • Dengue.
  • Haematemesic-paludal fever.
  • Pulse in yellow fever.

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