Henri de Mondeville

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Henri de Mondeville (c. 1260 – 1316), a medieval Frenchmen, has been claimed as the "Father of French Surgery".[1][2] There is some doubt about his birthplace, but it was most likely to have been either the village of Mandeville or Émondeville, both in Normandy.

He was trained in medicine in Paris and Montpellier then in Italy with Theodoric Borgognoni who had established a reputation for excellence in the treatment of wounds.[3]

He was the surgeon to Philippe Le Bel (Philip the Fair) of France and his successor Louis X. He is the author of Cyrurgia (Surgery) (1312). This is the first medieval treatise on surgery but was eclipsed by the more famous Guy de Chauliac's Chirurgia magna. He died of pulmonary tuberculosis.[4]

External links[edit]

A biography “Guy de Chauliac and Henri de Mondeville,—A Surgical Retrospect” by James E. Pilcher and published by the Annals of Surgery in 1895.[5]


  1. ^ http://www.todayinsci.com/M/Mondeville_Henri/MondevilleHenri-Quotations.htm
  2. ^ http://royalsociety.tv/dpx_royalsociety/dpx.php?dpxuser=dpx_v12
  3. ^ Nicaise, E. (1893). "Chirurgie de Maître Henri de Mondeville" (pdf) (in French). Félix Alcan. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/pagerender.fcgi?artid=1494004&pageindex=2#page
  5. ^ Pilcher, James E. (January 1895). "Guy de Chauliac and Henri de Mondeville,—A Surgical Retrospect". Annals of Surgery 21 (1): 84–102. PMC 1494004. PMID 17860128. Retrieved 24 April 2013.