Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Claude Bernard- The Unsung Hero of Medical Empiricism

Louis Pasteur is well known in the history of medicine but what about his contemporary Claude Bernard?

I read with great interest this article about physician and scientist Claude Bernard in The Pharos (full text article not available).  A beautiful summary of his life can be found on this tribute and educational website.

Claude Bernard was a failed playwright who stumbled into a career in medicine. His passion for knowledge, philosophy and science led him to a career in experimentation and observation, setting the foundation for empiricism in medicine, the basis of modern medical science and practice. 

Perhaps due to his quiet, intellectual nature and lack of self-promotion, his name is not well known to most medical students and physicians. His contributions, however, are long lasting.

Claude Bernard is an unsung hero in the history of medicine.


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  2. Thanks for sharing link of his biography. All of his services provided for medical profession listed and described here in great manner. It become much easier to know about his life. biomedical science careers