Antoine Portal, French Anatomist

Antoine Portal, French Anatomist

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Caption: Antoine Portal (1742-1832) was a French anatomist, doctor and medical historian. He started his career as a teacher of anatomy. In 1803 he published 'Cours d'anatomie medicale', a 5-volume work on medical history. He was probably the first to describe amyloid in liver in 1789 when he noted a lard-like substance in an elderly woman's liver. He was the first to describe bleeding due to esophageal varices. He also published article on clinical features of epilepsy.

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