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    Charles-Édouard Brown-Séquard

    Birth: 4-8-1817

    Death: 4-2-1894

Biography

"Physiologist and neurologist. Also known as Charles Edward, he is noted as the first scientist to work out the physiology of the spinal cord and was one of the first scientists to postulate the existence of hormones. He graduated from the College of France in Paris (1846) and joined the faculties of the Medical College of Virginia (1852), the National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic in London (1859), Havard Medical School (1864) and the École de Médecine in Paris (1869). He returned to the College of France in 1878 as professor of experimental medicine. His experimental studies of the nervous system resulted in the identification of Brown-Séquard syndrome, the loss of sensation and motor function. (bio by: Samuel Taylor Geer)"

Physician of Charles Sumner, mentioned in 18580627CharlesSumner_FMS: "I am in the hands of
a most careful, skillful, learned, scientific & schooled physician  who has examined my
case most carefully thoroughly
—testing the gradation of sensibility by the hand—by ice—& by
boiling water. He explains my condition completely. The brain is 
substantially well. But there 
is a slight effusion about the 
brain, & also a congenstion of
membranes about the brain.
Besides, there are two weak
places in the spine—one in 
the neck & the other in the
small of the back, where the
blows on my head took effect
by contre-coups. He insists
upon what is called "active 
treatment." The throughness of 
his examination inspired me
with such confidence that I 
told him at once to do what 
he please—that I would flinch
from nothing. He has burned me 
with fire six times on the
neck & back. Coals are not
roses. Since this treatment began I have had blisters in every
gradation, & all the succession
of small incidents & bruises.
	Tomorrow he burns me
again. By & by, it is to be 
on the head itself.
	For internal remedies I am
to take strychnine! Fire
& Poison! You will see that
I am making thorough work."

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"Physiologist and neurologist. Also known as Charles Edward, he is noted as the first scientist to work out the physiology of the spinal cord and was one of the first scientists to postulate the existence of hormones. He graduated from the College of France in Paris (1846) and joined the faculties of the Medical College of Virginia (1852), the National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic in London (1859), Havard Medical School (1864) and the École de Médecine in Paris (1869). He returned to the College of France in 1878 as professor of experimental medicine. His experimental studies of the nervous system resulted in the identification of Brown-Séquard syndrome, the loss of sensation and motor function. (bio by: Samuel Taylor Geer)" Physician of Charles Sumner, mentioned in 18580627CharlesSumner_FMS: "I am in the hands of a most careful, skillful, learned, scientific & schooled physician who has examined my case most carefully thoroughly —testing the gradation of sensibility by the hand—by ice—& by boiling water. He explains my condition completely. The brain is substantially well. But there is a slight effusion about the brain, & also a congenstion of membranes about the brain. Besides, there are two weak places in the spine—one in the neck & the other in the small of the back, where the blows on my head took effect by contre-coups. He insists upon what is called "active treatment." The throughness of his examination inspired me with such confidence that I told him at once to do what he please—that I would flinch from nothing. He has burned me with fire six times on the neck & back. Coals are not roses. Since this treatment began I have had blisters in every gradation, & all the succession of small incidents & bruises. Tomorrow he burns me again. By & by, it is to be on the head itself. For internal remedies I am to take strychnine! Fire & Poison! You will see that I am making thorough work."
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