Georges Gilles de la Tourette: Beyond the Eponym (A Biography)

ISBN : 9780190636036

Oliver Walusinski
504 ページ
156 x 235 mm

The 19th Century brought many medical advances and discoveries in neurology, with the famed Parisian La Salpetriere hospital at its center. Medical giants such as Jean-Martin Charcot, Joseph Babinski, and even for a short time Sigmund Freud, walked these halls, so it is a wonder that, an equal among these men, very little exists in the literature on Georges Gilles de la Tourette. This biography is the first comprehensive volume to delve into the life, scholarship, writing, and hobbies of the famed doctor. In Part One, we learn Georges' family history, follow his schooling and mentorship under Charcot, travel to the Worlds Fair of 1900, evade an attempted assassination, all before succumbing to death by syphilis. Part Two provides an in-depth analysis of his neurological and psychiatric works, notably the epynomous neurological disorder that will forever remain " Part Three looks at the lighter side of Georges, inspecting his favorite past-times as poet, historian, and art critic. Part Four brings an extensive bibliography of Georges' complete body of work. Author Olivier Walusinski pulls together unpublished family archives, Georges' correspondence with the Parisian journalist Georges Montorgueil, journal articles, and police archives to shed an original light on the famed doctor's life and lasting legacy. These archives have never before been studied or made available to the public, making this one of the first and most comprehensive biographies available and a must-have for any medical library.


Part 1 (Life)
Chapter 1 or Introduction: Gilles de la Tourette, a familiar name, a misunderstood illness, a forgotten man
Chapter 2: Origins and Family Life
Chapter 3: Education, Medical Studies, Medical Practice
Chapter 4: Secretary, Colleague, and Friend of Jean-Martin Charcot
Chapter 5: The Assassination Attempt
Chapter 6: Glimpses of Gilles de la Tourette's Personality: Hospital Life and the Driout Scandal
Chapter 7: Gilles de la Tourette, Chief Physician for the 1900 World's Fair in Paris
Chapter 8: A Sad End: Eclipse, Twilight, and Death
Part 2 (Medical Writings - Fame)
Chapter 9: Doctoral Thesis
Chapter 10: Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome
Chapter 11: Vibratory Medicine and Therapeutic Suspension Techniques
Chapter 12: (Hypnotism and Analogous States)
Chapter 13: Clinical and Therapeutic Treatise on Hysteria: Hysterie normale
Chapter 14: Clinical and Therapeutic Treatise on Hysteria: Paroxysmic Hysteria
Part 3 (Writer and Polemicist)
Chapter 15: ((Sister Jeanne of the Angels, Superior of the Ursuline Convent in Loudun)
Chapter 16: Theophraste Renaudot (1586-1653), Gilles de la Tourette's Hero
Chapter 17: Gilles de la Tourette, Commentator for La Revue Hebdomadaire, 1892-1900
Chapter 18: Correspondence between Octave Lebesgue, Known as Georges Montorgueil, and Gilles de la
Chapter 19: Gilles de la Tourette, a poet
Part 4 (Bibliography)
Chapter 20: Recapitulative List of all Gilles de la Tourette's Publications


Olivier Walusinski is a historian of medicine who has been invested in the history of neurology. He has authored many articles and book chapters on the subject. He was allowed access to the Gilles de la Tourette family archive and has compiled a thourough history of the famous physician.