Dr. Delasiauve (Louis Jean François), who died on the 5th of June last, had well-nigh reached his 89th year. He was born on the 14th of October, 1804, at Garennes, in Normandy. Anxious to study the medical sciences, he came early to Paris, where it was his privilege to see the great alienist, Pinel, and to attend his funeral. He was a pupil of Esquirol and Ferrus, and a friend of J. P. Falret, F. Voisin, Trélat, Leuret, Calmeil, Foville, Parchappe, Moreau de Tours, Lélut, Baillarger. One of these well-known alienists is still alive; at this very moment Calmeil enjoys good health, and is now 95 years old; he resides close to Paris, at Fontenay sous Bois. Delasianve took the degree of Doctor in 1830, a few days after the Revolution and the fall of Charles X. He returned to the country, and during about twelve years was a practising physician at Ivry la Bataille, a small town near which Henri IV. defeated Mayenne and the Ligueurs in 1590. He succeeded wonderfully. But in such a place there was not sufficient room for his great activity. He came back to the metropolis, and after a brilliant competition was received as a physician in the Paris hospitals. In 1844 he obtained a ward at Bicêtre. The study of idiocy and epilepsy had a great attraction for him; he was fond of those unfortunate children, whose life is a long distress, and endeavoured to educate the idiots. He opened a special school at Bicêtre, and some years afterwards at the Salpêtrière. As an alienist he is well known, and his private life was excellent. His friends and pupils will never forget his kindness.
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