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Joseph Grasset

Born  1849-03-19
Died  1918

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French internist and neurologist, Born March 19, 1849, Montpellier; died middle of July 1918, Montpellier.

Biography of Joseph Grasset

In 1871 Joseph Grasset became intern in Montpellier, where he received his doctorate in 1873, becoming agrégé in 1875, and in 1881 professor of therapy. He assumed the chair of clinical medicine in 1886, retaining it until he changed it for that of general pathology in 1909. He retired in 1915. Grasset became Associé national d'Académie de médecine.

His work comprises every field of internal medicine. His particular rinterest, however, was in diseases of the nervous system, particularly the brain and spinal marrow, problems of hypnotism, spiritism, and occultism, as well as psychisme inférieur.


  • Etude clinique sur les affections chroniques des voies respiratoires d’origine paludienne. Montpellier, 1873.
  • De la médication vomitive. Paris, 1875.
  • Des localisations dans les maladies cérébrales.
    Montpellier, 1876; 2nd edition, 1878.
  • Maladies du système nerveux. Montpellier, 1878.
    4th edition with Georges Rauzier (1862-1920) as:
    Traité pratique des maladies du système nerveux. 2 volumes. 1894.
  • Leçons de clinique médicale. 3 volumes, 1891-1898.
  • Consultations médicales sur quelques maladies fréquentes.
    4th edition, 1898.
  • Therapeutique appliquée. Paris, 1893; 4th edition, 1898.
  • De l’automatisme psychologique. Montpellier et Paris, 1896.
  • Le médecin de l'amour au temps de Marivaux: Boissier de Sauvages. Paris, 1896.
    Referring to the French dramatist, novelist, and journalist Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux, (1688-1763), whose comedies are, after those of Molière, the most frequently performed in today's French theatre; and François Boissier de Sauvages de La Croix (1706-1767), who in 1763 published the first methodical nosology, or description of disease symptoms. Sauvages emphasized symptomatology as the basis for disease classification, since there was no information then available about the causes of diseases.
  • Diagnostic des maladies de la moëlle.
    Paris, 1899; 2nd edition, 1901; translated into English.
  • Anatomie clinique des centres nerveux.
    Paris, 1900; 2nd edition, 1902.
  • Principes fondamentaux de la déontologie médicale.
    Paris, 1900,
  • Les maladies de l’orientation et de l’équilibre.
    Paris, 1901.
  • Les limites de la biologie. Paris, 1902.
  • L’hypnotisme et la suggestion.
    Paris, 1903; 4th edition, 1916.
  • L’idée médicale dans les romans de Paul Bourget.
    Montpellier, 1904.
    Referring to the French novelist and critic Paul Charles-Joseph Bourget (1852-1935).
  • Le spiritisme devant la science. Montpellier, 1904.
  • Les centres nerveux. Paris, 1905.
  • Demifous et demiresponsables.
    Paris, 1907; translated into English.
  • L’occultisme hier et ajourd’hui. Paris, 1907.
  • Thérapeutique des maladies du système nerveux.
    Paris, 1907.
  • Introduction physiologique à l’étude de la philosophie.
    Paris, 1908.
  • La responsabilité des criminels. Paris, 1908.
  • Le tabes. Maladie de la sensibilité profonde.
    Paris, 1909.
  • Traité élémentaire de physio-pathologie clinique.
    3 volumes. Montpellier, 1910-1912; 2nd edition, 1915.
  • Thérapeutique générale. 2 volumes. Montpellier, 1913.
  • La biologie humaine. Paris, 1917.
  • Devoirs et périls biologiques. Paris, 1917.
  • Le dogme transformiste et la philosophie. Paris, 1919.

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