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139 return to Maastricht, he was appointed doctor in the Infirmary States. Shortly afterwards, in May 1847, he became doctor of for the Sick and Disabled that was established in the former the poor at a salary of 400 francs per year. His practice once monastery of the cell brothers, and on 31 December, 1822, he again expanded quickly and he was able to pay off his debts. was appointed first medical doctor of the new Calvariënberg Plagued by gout, he finally had to give up his practice. hospital. From 1820 he taught courses to midwives for free, and He went to live in Valkenburg and later moved to Vaals where by Royal Decree of 19 May, 1825 he was appointed lector in his son in law was mayor. He died in 1874 and is buried in the obstetrics at the school of medicine and obstetrics in Seffenter cemetery, where his tomb can still be visited. He Maastricht. Around that time he joined the Maastricht society wrote 44 scientific papers on general surgical, urological and ‘Société des Amis de sciences, lettres et arts’, where he ophthalmological topics. regularly presented papers. His financial success is evident from the fact that he bought the Refugie van Hocht, a grand house in the Boschstraat, for the price of 6,651.75 guilders. He left for Sneek in August 1826 to fight the typhoid fever epidemic. He did so on condition that he would only attend to the poor and that he would receive no payment. He set up a pharmacy and two hospitals and succeeded in limiting the disease by clearing unsanitary houses. He fell ill but recovered and returned to Maastricht. He received many tokens of gratitude from the town councils of Groningen and Sneek. Back in Maastricht his practice prospered. No major surgical procedure was performed without his presence. During the Belgian uprising he ran into trouble, however, possibly because his family supported the Belgian cause. In 1838 he was persuaded by his brother Adolf to manage a sugar factory in Visé in Belgium. He went to live with his family in the castle of Eijsden but lost his fortune and ran into debt. As a consequence he set up in medical practice once again in Brussels in 1845. In November 1846 he was appointed assistant doctor at the Brabant Institute for Ophthalmology. His passion for innovation continued: in January 1847 he was the first doctor in Belgium to apply anaesthesia using ether. This happened several months after anaesthesia was discovered by Morton in the United


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