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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.


  • Dissertation sur ce qu’il convient de faire pour diminier ou supprimer le lait des femmes. Paris, 1863.
    Awarded a prize by the Ductch Society in Haarlem.
  • Sur la manière d’ouvrir et de traiter les abscès dans toutes les parties du corps. Paris, 1764.
    Awarded a prize by the Académie royale de chirurgie.
  • Mémoire sur les contrecoups.
    Awarded a prize by the Académie royale de chirurgie.
  • Dissertation sur le méchanisme et les usages de la respiration. Paris, 1766.
    Awarded a prize by the Académie des sciences in Rouen.
  • Dissertation sur les effets du mouvement et du repos dans les maladies chirurgicales. Paris, 1779.
  • Traité de la nutrition et de l’accroissement etc. Paris, 1771.
  • Observations sur une maladie des os connue sous le nom nécrose. Paris, 1782.

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