[SURGICAL LICENCE ON VELLUM]. LICENCE TO PRACTICE SURGERY IN LYON. LARGE CERTIFICATE PRINTED ON VELLUM granted to Pierre Campy by the Bureau de l’Hôpital, Lyon, November 21st, 1764.

[SURGICAL LICENCE ON VELLUM]. LICENCE TO PRACTICE SURGERY IN LYON. LARGE CERTIFICATE PRINTED ON VELLUM granted to Pierre Campy by the Bureau de l’Hôpital, Lyon, November 21st, 1764.

£350

Circa

1764

Country of manufacture

France

Category: Medicine

Description

Large printed vellum broadside, 650 x 480mm; with striking engraved allegorical vignette and two coat-of-arms at head of certificate; somewhat browned, soiled and creased, with four small holes, one with slight loss of image, and with remains of red wax seal in lower left margin; with fourteen contemporary signatures in brown ink, and further manuscript notes at tail, partially erased and only partially legible; still a striking example.                                                             

A most striking mid-eighteenth century Licence to Practice Surgery, printed on vellum, and granted to the young 24 year old Lyonnaise surgeon Pierre Campy. Son of Jacques Campy, himself a Master Surgeon, the licence attests to the fact that having passed his ordinary examinations on the theory and practice of surgery with distinction, that Pierre has served for three years as a Surgeon at the Hôtel-Dieu in Lyon, during which time he has proven himself capable of performing dressings and surgical procedures, and was awarded a prize during the annual demonstration in the previous year. Furthermore, the certificate attests that Campy ‘été fort réglé dans sa conduite, et qu’il a traité les malades qui lui ont été confiés avec une douceur et une affabilité qui lui ont mérité l’estime générale’.

The document is signed by a number of signatories, including ‘Messire Pierre Betaud, Seigneur de la Vaure, Taluyers, Prapin, et autres lieux, Conseiller du Roi en la Cour des Monnoies, Sénéchaussée et Siege Présidial de Lyon; Noble Jean-Louis Defrois, Avocat en Parlement et aux Cours de Lyon; Noble Jacques Lambert, ancien Echevin, chargé des Affaires de Sa Majesté Catholique, et son Consul à Lyon; Sieurs Laurent Sponton, Consul de la Séréenissime République de Gênes; Matthieu-Marc-Antoine Nolhac; Joseph Antide Chasseing, Ecuyer; Sieurs Antoine Combe; Jean François Grimod; Jean Sandrin de Champdieu, Seigneur de Jarniost; Louis Jaquier; Pierre Portal; François Piron; Louis Franzoni, et Jean Pierre Bentabole, tous à présent Recteurs et Administrateurs de l’Hôpital général de Notre-Dame de Pitié du Pont du Rhône et grand Hôtel-Dieu de cette ville’.

A seven line additional manuscript note found at the tail of the certificate is sadly virtually illegible.

 

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