Urbain de Vandenesse

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Urbain de Vandenesse (? – 1753, Paris) was an 18th-century French physician and Encyclopédiste.


After he presented six thesis at the Faculté de médecine de Paris, he was received with the title docteur-régent in 1742.[1][2]

The 270 articles he wrote for the Encyclopédie by Denis Diderot and d’Alembert are the only texts we know of him. There were more than 150 articles for Volume I and about 100 for Volume II ; his sudden death interrupted his cooperation for the relevant sections of Volume III for which he could contribute only one article.

After the death of Vandenesse, Diderot needed a new author in the field of medicine and pharmacy. On the recommendation of Gabriel François Venel, he chose Arnulphe d'Aumont.


  1. ^ Kafker, Frank A.: Recherches sur Diderot et sur l'Encyclopédie. Année (1990) Volume 8 Numéro 8 pp. 101-121, S.118
  2. ^ Williams, Elizabeth, A.: A Cultural History of Medical Vitalism in Enlightenment Montpellier (The History of Medicine in Context). Ashgate Publishing Limited (2003) ISBN 0-7546-0881-6, S.122 ff.


  • Frank Arthur Kafker: The Encyclopedists as individuals: a biographical dictionary of the authors of the Encyclopédie, Oxford 1988, ISBN 0-7294-0368-8

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