TABLEAU DES INFIRMITÉS by [FRENCH REVOLUTION MANUSCRIPT]. [MILITARY MEDICINE].

TABLEAU DES INFIRMITÉS by [FRENCH REVOLUTION MANUSCRIPT]. [MILITARY MEDICINE].
‘Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité’ - ‘Military service demands the free exercise of all organs’

TABLEAU DES INFIRMITÉS qui nécessitent la Réforme, et doivent empêcher l'admission au Service Militaire. Hôpitaux Militaire. Conseil de Santé. Le Gouvernement est Révolutionnaire jusqu’à la Loix. Paris, le 15 Brumaire de l’An 2 dela République une et indivisible. Le Conseil de Santé au Ministre de la Guerre. [Arrêté dated 16 Brumaire on penultimate verso, and signed by leading members of the Council of Health including Parmentier, Daignan, Dubois, and Herteloupe].

[November 1793]. Small folio, 320 x 210mm, ff. [4]; written in neat calligraphy in brown ink; paper a little dust-soiled with some light spotting and browning, with evidence of previous horizontal folds; loosely ‘stitched’ together with two blue silk ties at head and tail, with evidence of previous stab marks, spine of outer cover split but holding; A beautifully handwritten ‘Arrêté’ issued by the Health Council of Military Hospitals, in the early days of the ‘Reign of Terror’, and bearing the signatures of a number of leading French surgeons and physicians of the day, notably Antoine Parmentier (1737-1813), Antoine Dubois (1756-1837), Guillaume Daignan (1732-1812) and Nicolas Herteloup (1750-1812).
The table, divided into seventeen categories, stipulates a number of infirmities and conditions which would prevent admission to military service, and provides a glimpse at the mindset of the tough and uncompromising new civil regime . "Le service militaire exige le libre exercice de tous les organes. Le soldat qui en a quelqu'un de vicié peine, la peine produit la douleur, la douleur les maladies, les maladies affligent l'humanité, affaiblissent les Armées, ruinent le Trésor public. Une administration civique doit obvier à ces inconvénients." A fascinating document of great historical interest.

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