In Search of a Lost Father: Adrien Proust (1834–1903), An Almost Forgotten Public Health Pioneer

Donatella Lippi, Elena Varotto, Sara Boccalini, Angela Bechini, Francesco Maria Galassi

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Abstract

Objectives: In this communication, we wish to remember the important historical role played by Marcel Proust’s father, the now mostly forgotten Achille-Adrien Proust (1834–1903). Study Design and Methods: His career, scientific interests and, above all, his brilliant intuitions and suggestions in the fight against cholera in the 19th century are recalled. Results and Conclusions: His role in the promotion of a globally effective vision of public hygiene and health is stressed as a bright example for modern physicians fighting contemporary epidemics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number644
Number of pages6
JournalVaccines
Volume10
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2022

Keywords

  • history of medicine
  • hygiene
  • pandemic emergency
  • Proust
  • public health
  • tradition

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