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PERRINET, Charles Gaston, West Indian physician, born in St. Pierre island in 1791; died near Capesterre, Guadeloupe, in 1849. He received his education in Paris, and became afterward a marine surgeon. In 1819 he made, at the hospital of St. Pierre in Martinique, experiments in yellow fever that convinced him that the malady was not contagious, and he recorded his observations in a book that occasioned controversies in the medical world, " Observations faites a l'hopital de St. Pierre pendant une epidemie de fievre jaune" (St. Pierre, 1821). He was afterward attached to the medical staff of the penal colony of Cayenne, and during explorations in the interior of Guiana investigated the remedies that were used formerly by Indians. He was retired in 1842 with the rank of surgeon-major, and settled near Capesterre, in Guadeloupe, where he continued to practise his profession. His works include " Traite des remedes employes par les Indiens de l'Amerique du Sud pour la guerison des blessures faites avec le fer, des abces, et des affections syphilitiques" (Cayenne, 1826); " Manuel de medecine pratique a l'usage des Europeens habitant les pays tropicaux" (Basse Terre, 1844) ; and " Monographie de la fievre jaune, ses origines, et des moyens preventifs et curatifs " (Basse Terre, 1846).
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