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The Courtiers' AnatomistsAnimals and Humans in Louis XIV's Paris$
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Anita Guerrini

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226247663

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226248332.001.0001

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The Courtiers’ Anatomist

The Courtiers’ Anatomist

Duverney at the Jardin du roi

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(p.201) Six The Courtiers’ Anatomist
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The Courtiers' Anatomists
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Anita Guerrini

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226248332.003.0006

Even before he entered the Academy, Duverney’s anatomical skills had made him well known in the private academies and salons of Paris. In 1679 he was appointed anatomy lecturer at the Jardin du Roi, the King’s Garden, where he taught to large audiences of students and other spectators. Student notes detail the content of his lectures, and his eloquence contributed to the ongoing ancients and moderns debates about language and its uses, discussed by Charles Perrault in several works. After Claude Perrault’s 1688 death the Histoire des animaux project eventually ended, and the post-Colbert Academy turned to other projects. Duverney’s debates with Jean Méry led to his departure from the Academy in 1706, marking the end of an era.

Keywords:   Joseph- Guichard Duverney, Claude Perrault, Charles Perrault, Jardin du roi, Jean Méry, ancients, moderns, anatomy, Paris Academy of Sciences

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