Auguste François Chomel
He was a professor at the Hôpital de la Charité in Paris, and in 1827 succeeded René Laennec (1781–1826) as chair of clinical medicine of the Faculté de Paris. In 1852 he declined swearing allegiance to Napoleon III, and thus was deemed having resigned his post.
Chomel was an important member of the pathological anatomy movement of early 19th century France that was based on the scientific research of Marie François Xavier Bichat (1771–1802), René Laënnec and Gaspard Laurent Bayle (1774–1816). In 1828 he provided the first description of a type of acute polyneuritis that would later be known as Guillain–Barré–Strohl syndrome.
- Éléments de pathologie générale (Elements of general pathology); numerous editions: 1817, 1840; on line : 4th ed., 1866.
- Des fièvres et des maladies pestilentielles (Fevers and pestilential diseases), 1821.
- Des dyspepsies (On dyspepsias), 1856. at Gallica
- Leçons de clinique (Clinical lessons), 1834-1840. at Gallica
List of online works
- "The golden axiom of Chomel that it is only the second law of therapeutics to do good, its first law being this—not to do harm—is gradually finding its way into the medical mind, preventing an incalculable amount of positive ill." (Worthington Hooker, Physician and patient, Baker and Scribner, 1849, p. 219)
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