Lives of the fellows

Henri Guéneau de Mussy

b.1814 d.28 September 1892
MD Paris(1844) Hon LLD Edin FRCP(1859)

Guéneau de Mussy’s family could boast connections with Montbéliard, Buffon and Voltaire. One of its members had been court physician to Louis XIV and his father held the same office under Charles X. He himself was born at Chalon-sur-Saône and studied medicine at Paris University, graduating with the degree of M.D. in 1844. Three years later, he visited Ireland to investigate famine fever and contracted the disease himself. On the publication of his report, which removed any doubts on the distinction between typhus and typhoid, he was awarded the Cross of the Legion of Honour. He followed Louis Philippe to England in 1848 and remained the devoted physician and friend of the exiled king and his family for the rest of his life. He gained a high professional reputation in London and was one of the few foreigners ever to be elected an F.R.C.P. Sir Thomas Watson, when President, entertained him to a banquet attended by leading physicians and surgeons, and his coat-of-arms is displayed in one of the College’s stained glass windows. He returned to France in 1871 and represented the Académie de Medicine at the tercentenary of Edinburgh University in 1884, when he received an honorary degree.

G H Brown

[B.M.J., 1892; Times, 4 Oct. B.M.J., 1892; Med.-Chir.Trans., 1893, lxxvi, 30]

(Volume IV, page 104)

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