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Bretoneau, Pierre

Born: 1778 AD
Died: 1862 AD
Nationality: French
Categories: Physicians

1778 – He was born on the 3rd of April at Saint-Georges-sur-Cher, in the Loir-et-Cher département.

1803-1807 – He was the mayor of Chenonceaux.

1815 – He spent 15 years at Chenonceaux gaining experience, wrote his thesis in medicine and then became medical director at the hospital in Tours; which currently bears his name.

1825-1826 – He performed the first successful tracheotomy, distinguished between scarlet fever and diphtheria.

1855 – He studied disease in detail and was the first to think that disease was caused by bacteria, however, a microscope was not available to him and he was unable to confirm his hypothesis.

         – He discovered that the same illness could manifest itself differently in different patients.

1862 – Pierre Bretonneau died.