|Baron Antoine Portal|
French Anatomist and medical historian
|Born||January 5, 1742
|Died||July 23, 1832
In 1766, Portal moved to Paris to take up a similar post, and was appointed to the prestigious position of professor of anatomy to the Jardin du Roi. Louis XVIII named him the first Doctor to the King, a post he served under Charles X as well. His close relationship with King Louis led in 1820 to the creation of what became the Académie Nationale de Médecine, of which he was lifelong president.
In 1803 he published "Cours d'anatomie médicale", a 5-volume work on medical history. He was probably the first to describe amyloid in liver in 1789 when he noted a lard-like substance in an elderly woman's liver. He was the first to describe bleeding due to esophageal varices. He also published article on clinical features of epilepsy.
- Ganière, P. (October 1966). "Baron Antoine Portal, perpetual President of the Académie Royale de Médecine". Bull Acad Natl Med. 150 (26): 539–45. PMID 4864573.
- Kyle, RA (September 2001). "Amyloidosis: a convoluted story." (PDF). British Journal of Haematology 114 (3): 529–38. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2141.2001.02999.x. PMID 11552976. Retrieved 2007-07-16.
- Moodley J, Singh B, Lalloo S, Pershad S, Robbs JV (August 2001). "Non-operative management of haemobilia". The British journal of surgery 88 (8): 1073–6. doi:10.1046/j.0007-1323.2001.01825.x. PMID 11488792.
- "Antoine Portal (1742-1832): Médecin, anatomiste français et historien de la médecine". Portraits de medicines (in French). Archived from the original on 2007-07-14. Retrieved 2007-07-16.
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