The Photo Request has been fulfilled.

 
 Dominique Larrey

Dominique Larrey

Birth
Beaudean, Departement des Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Death 1 Aug 1842 (aged 76)
Lyon, Departement du Rhône, Rhône-Alpes, France
Burial Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Plot Division 37
Memorial ID 7822 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Surgeon. Born in the Pyrenees, he was orphaned at the age of 13. Under the supervision of an uncle who was a surgeon in Toulouse, Larrey studied medicine and later trained in surgery. In 1786 he joined the French navy and become chief surgeon on the frigate Vigilante, traveling to North America. In 1792 he became assistant surgeon to the French army on the Rhine. He was the first to take first aid treatment to casualties on the battlefield with the introduction of ambulances and introduced the concept of triage in the evacuation of his patients. He saw service in Corsica and Spain before becoming professor of surgery at the medical school at Val-de-Grace. Larrey accompanied Napoleon on his expeditions to Egypt, Palestine and Syria and in 1805 was appointed Surgeon-in-Chief to the French army. He followed Napoleon to Germany, Poland and the ill fated assault on Moscow and in 1810 he was made a baron by Napoleon. He was one of the first to describe the therapeutic use of maggots and performed one of the first amputations at the hip in 1812. At the battle of Waterloo he was wounded left for dead. Captured by the Prussians and sentenced to death he was recognized by the Prussian Field Marshall, Gerhard Blucher, freed and given safe passage to Belgium. He had once saved the life of Blucher's son. He is regarded by many as the most outstanding surgeon of the Napoleonic era and one of the founders of military surgery. Larrey's name remains associated with an amputation of the shoulder joint, Mediterranean yellow fever and ligation of the femoral artery below the inguinal ligament.

Bio by: Iola


Inscription

TO LARREY - THE MOST VIRTUOUS MAN I'VE EVER KNOWN (Napoleon's testament)


Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

How famous was Dominique Larrey?

Current rating:

19 votes

Sign-in to cast your vote.

  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 19 Dec 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7822
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dominique Larrey (8 Jul 1766–1 Aug 1842), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7822, citing Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .