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LA ROCHE, Rene, physician, born in the island of Santo Domingo in 1755; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 6 June, 1819. He received a classical education in France, was graduated in medicine at the University of Montpellier in 1779, and practised in Santo Domingo until in 1793 he was forced to flee to the United States in consequence of the revolution in that island. He obtained a practice among the French families in Philadelphia, where he gained a reputation among native Americans by his successful treatment of yellow fever during the epidemic of 1794 and succeeding years.--His son, Rene, physician, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1795; died there in December, 1872, was the author of a treatise on " Pneumonia: its supposed Connection, Pathological and Etiological, with Autumnal Fevers" (Philadelphia, 1854); and of an exhaustive work on "Yellow Fever, considered in its Historical, Pathological, Etiological, and Therapeutical Relations" (1855). For some years before his death he was engaged in preparing a history of medicine.
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