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Rene La Roche papers

Identifier: MSS 2/186

Scope and Contents

The Rene La Roche papers consist of two collections: one of correspondence, and one of manuscripts. For a more detailed description of the materials, please see the "Scope and Contents" note for each series.


  • 1818 - 1867


Biographical / Historical

Rene La Roche, son of a French physician of the same name, was born in Philadelphia on 23 September 1795. He married Mary Jane Ellis in 1824; they had at least two daughters and one son. La Roche died of prostration in Philadelphia on 9 December 1872.

La Roche received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1820. He was an active member of the Kappa Lambda Association of Philadelphia, edited the North American medical and surgical journal, and wrote extensively on yellow fever. His best known work was Yellow fever, considered in its historical, pathological, etiological, and therapeutical relations (1855).

He was also a member of the Academy of Natural Sciences, American Medical Association, American Philosophical Society, Pathological Society of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Prison Society, and the Philadelphia Medical Society. From 1827 to 1861, La Roche was a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.


3 boxes

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