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Platter, Félix

1. Dates
Born: Basel, 1536
Died: Basel, 28 Jul 1614
Dateinfo: Dates Certain
Lifespan: 78
2. Father
Occupation: Pub
Son of Thomas Platter (1499-1582), a well-known printer (see Allgemeine deutsche Biographie, 26, 265-6).
There seems enough here to assume affluent.
3. Nationality
Birth: Basel, Switzerland
Career: Basel, Switzerland
Death: Basel, Switzerland
4. Education
Schooling: Montpelier; Basel, M.D.
1551, attended the Pädagogium.
1552, attended the University of Basel for a short time.
1552-6, studied medicine at Montpellier under Saporta and Rondelet. Received a B.A. in 1556.
1557, received his medical doctorate from the University of Basel.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Calvinist assumed.
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Medicine
Subordinate: Botany
He is called a significant pathologist and psychiatrist in the D.S.B. I list these under medicine.
7. Means of Support
Primary: Academia, Government, Medicine
1560-1614, professor of applied medicine at the University of Basel.
1571, named city physician and archiater (Spitalarzt).
8. Patronage
Type: Court Official
Henry IV of France was a patron.
He treated members of the courts of Brandenburg, Baden, Sachsen, and Württemberg.
9. Technological Involvement
Type: Medical Practice
He was evidently an excellent practicing physician.
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
  1. A. Hirsch, Biographisches Lexikon der hervorragenden Aerzte aller Zeiten und Voelker (3rd ed., Munich, 1962), 4, 625.
  2. J. Baechtold, Allgemeine deutsche Biographie, 26, 265-7.
  3. H. Karcher, "Félix Platter," Journal suisse de médecine, 24 (1943), 1232-8.
Not Available and Not Consulted
  1. R. Hunziker, Felix Platter als Arzt und Stadtarzt in Basel, (Basel Ph.D., 1938).
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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