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JEAN BAPTISTE VAN HELMONT (1577—1644)

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Originally appearing in Volume V13, Page 250 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JEAN BAPTISTE VAN HELMONT (1577—1644), Belgian chemist, physiologist and physician, a member of a noble family, was born at Brussels in 1577.1 He was educated at Louvain, and after ranging restlessly from one science to another and finding satisfaction in none, turned to medicine, in which he took his doctor's degree in 1599. The next few years he spent in travelling through Switzerland, Italy, France and England. Returning to his own country he was at Antwerp at the time of ' An alternative date for his birth is 1579 and for his death 1635 (see Bull. Roy. Acad. Belg., 1907, 7, p. 732). F1ELMSTEDT- --H LMUND in Journ. pharm. chim. (1852). Other authorities are Poultier d'Elmoth, Memoire sur J. B. van Helmont (1817) ; Rixner and Sieber, Beitrage zur Geschichte der Physiologic (1819-1826), vol. ii.; Spiers, Helmont's System der Medicin (I84o); Melsens, Lecons sur van Helmont (1848) ; Rommelaere, Etudes sur J. B. van Helmont (1860).
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