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Mattieu Orfila chemistry lecture in Paris: by Jean-Baptiste Alexandre Stroehlin


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Jean-Baptiste-Alexandre Stroehlin was a Swiss physician who lived in Geneva. He was born in 1813 and died in 1880. Matthieu Joseph Bonaventure Orfila was born in Mahon (Menorca) on April 24, 1787. He died in Paris on March 12 1853. Orfila studied in Valencia and Barcelona before coming to Paris where received his medical degree in 1811. He was a physician and an expert on poisons. His Traite des poisons appeared in 1814-1815 and he held the post of Dean of Paris Medical Faculty from 1831 until 1848. He began lecturing on chemistry shortly after his arrival in Paris in 1808 and is widely considered to be the Father of Toxicology.

Orfila seems to have organized his lectures around specific chemicals, thus there are headings like Carbonates and Borates.

These are lecture notes recorded by Stroehlin in Paris when he attended lectures given by Orfila.

Source of acquisition--Purchase . Date of acquisition--2005..

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