André Durville

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Andre Durville at Physiopolis

André Durville (1896-1979) was a French physician who, with his brother, Gaston Durville, was one of the initiators of naturism in France during the interwar period.


André Durville is the son of Hector Durville occultist. In 1924 he graduated as a physician, his thesis was L'action de la pensée sur les phénomènes de nutrition cellulaire [The effect of thoughts on the cellular phenomena of nutrition] (Thesis) (in French). l'Institut de Médecine Naturelle. 1924..

André and his brother Gaston, influenced by Dr. Paul Carton, were advocates for natural, healthy diets.[1] They developed this philosophy of natural diets and lifestyle to the advocacy of naturism.

With his brother, Gaston he established the Naturist Society in 1927. In 1928 the brothers founded the Physiopolis naturist camp on Platais island in the Seine[a] 27.6 kilometres (17.1 mi) from the centre of Paris. In 1930 they established the naturist village of Heliopolis on the Île du Levant, an island in the Mediterranean Sea.(Harp 2011)[2]


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  1. ^ The Île du Platais is at 48°57′15″N 2°00′02″E / 48.954173°N 2.000508°E / 48.954173; 2.000508
  1. ^ Drouard 2012, pp. 215-.
  2. ^ "Les 80 ans de l'île du Levant" [80 years on the Ile du Levant]. (in French). 14 May 2012. Retrieved 2016-06-15.

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