Dissertation sur la cause de la purgation

Nicolas Liénard, Paris, 1659

In December 1664, Lister noted that he had read: ‘Leonard per la cause de la Purgation’.

Liénard (d. 1697) was a Parisian royal physician, a Professor of Surgery at the University of Paris (1671), and Dean of the Faculty in 1680.  He had been a disciple of the famous philosopher Jacques Rohaut,  a well-known orator and speech writer, and promoted theories of biological mechanism.  1  His work on purgatives was his most significant publication.

  1. Jacques Roger and Keith Rodney, Life Sciences in 18th-century French Thought (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997 ), 167.

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