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Jean Pierre David

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French physician, 1737-1784.

Biography of Jean Pierre David

Jean Pierre David first had private preparations while serving a physician in Segssel, before going to Lyon and Paris. He first became maître en chirurgie (1764), and soon afterward was conferred doctor of medicine. His father-in-law, Claude-Nicolas Le Cat (or Lecat) (1700-1768) arranged his succession to the chair as chirurgien en chef at the Hôtel-Dieu in Rouen, where he produced a number of works of some importance, as several of them were awarded prizes.

His father-in-law is eponymously remembered for Le Cat's gulf, which is the hollow of the bulbous portion of the urethra.

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