JAMA. 1963;184(5):419-420. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700180145015.
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Jean Louis Alibert inherited wards of medical derelicts at the Hôpital St. Louis as his first major professional assignment; in so doing, he was blessed with a golden opportunity for the study and classification of one of the largest groups of diseases in the hospital—those affecting the skin. The design of a "tree" of descriptive dermatology, unique lectures in the garden of St. Louis, and the tutelage of his star pupil, Biett, are notable accomplishments. Each contributed to the well-earned designation, "the Father of Parisian Dermatology and the Founder of the French School of Cutaneous Diseases."1

Alibert was born in 1768 in Villefranche-deRouergue, where his parents were important persons of the community. He decided to enter the priesthood, was accepted in the school conducted by the Fathers of the Christian Doctrine, and passed his novitiate at Toulouse. However, his resolve to teach upon returning home was summarily interrupted by


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