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Claude Quétel

Claude Quétel was born on December 30th, 1939. A French historian and teacher born in Bernières-surMer (Calvados). Author of two dozen books, he won several awards for his work, including the “Prix Marianne 2015”, with “The scary Doctor Petiot — crazy or guilty?”, “Prix Therouanne 1982”, with “De par le Roy: Essay on stamp letters”, …

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Pierre Paul Émile Roux

Pierre Paul Émile Roux was born on December 17th, 1853. A French physician, bacteriologist, and immunologist, Roux was one of the closest collaborators of Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), co-founder of the Pasteur Institute and responsible for the production of anti-diphtheria serum, the first effective therapy for this disease. In 1903, Metchnikoff and Roux discovered that syphilis …

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Paracelsus, pseudonym of Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim. He was born on December 17th, 1493. Swiss-German physician, alchemist, physicist, astrologer, and occultist. He is also credited with creating the name of the element zinc, calling it zincum. Paracelsus appears among scientists and reformers like Andreas Vesalius, Nicolau Copérnico and Georgius Agricola, and, therefore, seen …

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