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Left: Medical testimony regarding the physical findings and the treatment of soldier Bronckers, made for the Highcourt of Liège by medicinae doctor Pelerin and barber-surgeon Devillas, 14 mei Surinam 1737. | RHCL lhg cr95 Pelerin 111 A special shoot on the tree of Maastricht medical history was Philippe Fermin (1730 -1813). He was born in Berlin as the son of Huguenots. In Berlin he studied medicine, after which he left for Surinam to take the position of national doctor. In Paramaribo, in 1756, Fermin married Marie Magdalaine of Maastricht. Two years later he received his doctoral degree from the university of Aberdeen. Having lived and worked in Surinam for eight years, Fermin and his wife settled in Amsterdam in 1762, moving to Maastricht two years later. Here Philippe Fermin was the first to write extensively about Surinam society, which resulted in a number of books. The first book was published in Maastricht in 1764, titled De gemeenste Ziekten op Suriname, en de bekwaamste Middelen, om deszelven te geneezen (the most common diseases of Surinam, and the most suitable methods to cure them). This book became the standard textbook about Surinam. The Dutch edition was soon followed by a French and a German translation. Right: Frontispiece of Histoire Naturelle de Hollande Equinoxale. Standard book about the population and the landscape of Surinam in 1765 by the Maastricht medicinae doctor Philippe Fermin. | Municipal library Centre Ceramique Maastricht


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