Theodore Tronchin, 1709–1781; A Sketch
Boston Medical and Surgical Journal
The name of the great practitioner of medicine, like that of the great advocate in her sister profession, is written in water, unless he produces a book and thus wins attention during his life, or, perchance, appreciation after his death. Even if the book be indifferent or bad, the book it remains and is treasured as such in the cemetery of books, the library. Theodore Tronchin, pupil of Boerhaave, honorary professor of medicine at Geneva, of enormous vogue there, and later in Paris, as a
... n Paris, as a practitioner, is a case in point. His name is contained neither in the Encyclopedia Britannica nor in the Century Dictionary of Names. There was no " Who's Who " in those days. A sketch of his life, with extracts from his voluminous correspondence, has lately appeared,1 and rescues from oblivion a man of strong character and broad intellect, who dared at a time when medical dogma and theory were still in the ascendant, and when disease was combated by bleeding, purging and puking, to exercise a rare common-sense, to inculcate right living and outdoor exercise, and to recognize in these the most potent means of the prevention and treatment of many maladies.