François Boissier de la Croix de Sauvages

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François Boissier de la Croix de Sauvages

1706-1767

French physician and nosologist, that is, a classifier of diseases. Nosology, from two Greek words, nosos (disease) and logos (reason or explanation), was a major aspect of the philosophy of medicine in the eighteenth century. Boissier, a disciple of Georg Ernst Stahl, was among the earliest important contributors to it. His works include Nouvelles classes de maladies (1731), Pathologia methodica (1739), and Nosologia methodica (1763).