René Semelaigne

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René Semelaigne

René Semelaigne (12 December 1855 – 16 November 1934) was a French psychiatrist and biographer born in Neuilly-sur-Seine. He was the son of psychiatrist Armand Semelaigne (1820–1898) and a great-nephew of Philippe Pinel (1745-1826).

As a psychiatrist, he served as director of the Maison de santé de la Folie Saint-James à Neuilly.[1] He is remembered for his historical studies of psychiatry, being the author of three well-regarded works:


  1. ^ Sociétés savantes de France (biographical information)
  2. ^ Bulletin of the Society of Mental Medicine of Belgium by Society of Mental Medicine of Belgium
  3. ^ Google Books Les Grands aliénistes français
  4. ^ Psychiatrie.histoire (Written works)