Pierre-Joseph Buchoz

Pierre-Joseph Buchoz. Les Dons merveilleux et diversement coloriés de la Nature dans le Regne Animal. Paris, 1782.

Pierre-Joseph Buchoz. Les Dons merveilleux et diversement coloriés de la Nature dans le Regne Animal. Paris, 1782.

Pierre-Joseph Buc'hoz (1731-1807) graduated with a medical degree in 1763 and received a prestigious appointment as physician to King Stanislaus of Poland. He was accused of not fulfilling his duties, however, and quit to devote his energies to the study of botany, medicine, economics and mineralogy, eventually publishing over 300 volumes on these subjects. He was devoted to botany, but was also interested in the treatment of melancholy and recommended music as therapy. After Buc'hoz had lost his wife and suffered the calamities of the French Revolution, he was taken in by a woman who had worked for him for 25 years as a colourist. He died in poverty in Paris in 1807.

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