Physician and Humorist
Well-known French humorist and satirist Francois Rabelais was a physician. On this date in 1537, he earned his licentiate of medicine at the University of Montpellier in France, enabling him to practice and teach medicine. He began his medical studies at Montpellier in 1530. Before that, he had studied medicine with the Benedictines at their Hotel Saint-Denis in Paris. He practiced medicine and lectured on the subject for 14 years. Rabelais achieved his greatest fame as author of many comic works, including the well-known "La Vie de Gargantua et de Pantagruel."
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