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CHS - Giacomo Lorandi - “Doctor Théodore Tronchin’s Path to Celebrity: Ladies’ Doctor, Popularizer and Networker”

When:Mo 09-04-2018 16:00 - 18:00

The CHS welcomes Giacomo Lorandi from the University of Freiburg. He is a medical historian and a visiting research fellow at the ICOG. During his stay in Groningen, he will collaborate with Raingard Esser and Rina Knoeff in a research project on fame in the early modern medical sciences.

Lorandi will take us through his study on the topics of reputation, fame and celebrity in 18th century Europe with the case of Swiss physician Théodore Tronchin (1709-1781) as a point of departure. Tronchin became famous due to his research on the treatment of smallpox. Lorandi's research covers three main aspects of Tronchin's career: his sociability, his medical practice and the social and academic network that he was able to create around his persona.

The research project is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation - La gestation d'une célébrité médicale au XVIIIe siècle. Théodore Tronchin (1709-1781), médecin des dames, vulgarisateur et homme de réseaux - ( P300P1_177733 / Université de Fribourg, Early Modern History - prof. Claire Gantet) - and is in partnership with Raingard Esser and Rina Knoeff at the RUG and Emma Spary at the University of Cambridge.