Joseph Lieutaud

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Joseph Lieutaud
Born June 21, 1703
Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
Died December 6, 1780 (1780-12-07) (aged 77)
Versailles, Île-de-France, France
Education University of Aix-en-Provence
Occupation Physician
Parent(s) Jean-Baptiste Lieutaud
Louise (de) Garibel
Relatives Pierre Joseph Garidel (maternal uncle)
Elementa physiologiae, 1749
First page of Précis de la médecine pratique.

Joseph Lieutaud (21 June 1703 – 6 December 1780) was a French physician.


Early life[edit]

Joseph Lieutaud was born on June 21, 1703 at 31 Rue Cardinale in Aix-en-Provence.[1][2] His father was Jean-Baptiste Lieutaud, a lawyer, and his mother, Louise (de) Garibel.[1][2] He started studying botany, following in the wake of his uncle, Pierre Joseph Garidel, and went on to be called upon as a doctor in the Hotel-Dieu in Aix-en-Provence.[1] He graduated from the University of Aix-en-Provence in 1725.[1]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1739.[3]


By 1750, he became a doctor in the royal infirmary, then a pediatrician to the Louis XV court, and eventually the personal physician of King Louis XVI.[1][2]

He published an essay on human anatomy.[1] His Précis de médecine pratique, published in four instalments (between 1760 and 1776), shows how forward-thinking medical sciences were at that time.[1]


He died on December 06, 1780 in Versailles.[1]


  • A street in the centre of Aix-en-Provence, Rue Lieutaud, is named in his honour.[4]
  • An avenue in the centre of Marseille, Cours Lieutaud, is also named in his honour.[5]