JAMA. 1968;204(7):627. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140200067025.
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L.G. Courvoisier, whose interest in clinical surgery centered about the gallbladder and its ducts, was born in Basel, Switzerland. As a child he enriched his precocious mind with unusual industry and diligence; at the age of seven when his family lived for a short time in Malta, he acquired a particular interest in botany and entomology, and a proficiency in the English language.1 Upon returning to Basel he studied at the Gymnasium and prepared for medicine at the University. His medical education at Basel was interrupted for a year because of a severe attack of typhus fever, for several months during military service in the Austro-Prussian War, and for a semester while studying at the University of Göttingen. Before passing the state examination, Courvoisier won a prize in competition for his thesis, The Histology of the Sympathetic Nervous System, and served as an assistant in the surgical clinic to


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