1827 · Louvain
The present volume may be a copy of the manuscript cited by Quetelet, but in any event the parent MS does not seem to have survived. The text herein exhibits few corrections, although there are a number of marginal notes throughout, and the hastily written text of the last 15 unnumbered pages suggests that it was not copied from any other source. The present MS was written in two distinct parts, the second beginning oddly at "Sectio Quinta: De Fistulis" yet the first part is not arranged into four sections as one would expect; furthermore, the second part has a different format, most easily recognized by the page numbers (top center vs. top right) although the signatures of the gatherings are continuous. One possible explanation is that the present MS was made from an incomplete archetype, or that the scribe (one of Baud's students, Jacques-Bernard Maassen, whose Dissertation on Arthritis was accepted at Utrecht in 1832) was interested in certain subjects. In any event, this MS is the only surviving and therefore most complete record of Baud's Surgical Pathology lectures in existence.
Baud started his medical career as a military doctor with the French Revolutionary army, and was eventually nominated as professor of Medicine at the University of Louvain after the abdication of Napoleon, his military commander-in-chief for many years. Baud's courses on Surgical Pathology had great impact in the Medical School of the Catholic University of Louvain, and greatly influenced a number of distinguished students, including Pierre-Jean Haan. In 1840, after Baud's health declined, Haan co-taught the courses, continuing until Baud's retirement in 1849, at which time Haan succeeded him.
We have located three MSS by Baud that are clearly independent from ours: the first, likewise on Surgery but written at least 30 years earlier than the one here under consideration (and consisting of only 250 pp.) is at the University of Ghent. The other two, both of which are entitled "Cours de nosographie chirurgicale" (2 vols.) are KU Leuven Centrale Bibliotheek and Wellcome (see Moorat, Catalogue of Western MSS). Further literature: Inga Fourneau, "Jean Marie Baud (1776-1852). Professor at the Faculty of Medicine in Two Consecutive Universities of Louvain" in: Acta Chir Belg. 2013 Sep.-Oct. 113(5) pp. 378-83. (Inventory #: 2417)