Physician Jean Louis-Alibert (1768-1837) rose to prominence during the French Revolution, a time of not only intense political and cultural turmoil, but also of drastic improvements in medicine. In the center of change—Paris, France—Alibert was put in charge of St Louis Hospital, an institution rife with chronic skin disease, a field he regarded as promising for scientific investigation.1 However, his contributions to the field of medicine extend far beyond the field of dermatology.

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