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Hermann Boerhaave, Dutch physician

Hermann Boerhaave, Dutch physician

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Hermann Boerhaave (1668-1738). Dutch physician, botanist, chemist, and founder of modern clinical medicine Hermann Boerhaave. Boerhaave was the first person to describe the sweat glands, and established that smallpox was spread by contact. He became one of the most famous physicians in Europe, publishing two influential medical books and one on chemistry. He was elected to both the French Academy of Sciences (1728) and the Royal Society (1730).

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