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Simon de Couvin or Simon de Covino (Parisian Doctor, French Chronicler) ca.1320-1367

Simon de Couvin Demographics:
  • Name - Simon de Couvin (or Simon de Covino).
  • Birth - ca. 1320
  • Death - 1367
  • Residence - Paris.
  • Education - Trained in medicine at Montpellier medical school.
  • Occupation - Parisian doctor & French chronicler.
Simon de Couvin & Black Death:
  • Reportedly showed allegiance to Aristotle & his pimacy of the heart (over Galen's brain).
  • Wrote Black Death poem (Libellus de judicio Solis in conviviis Saturni) around 1350.
  • Simon de Couvin alleged that tanners excaped the plague. [1]
  • He stated that the Black Death had 'miffed all doctors; the art of Hippocrates was lost'. [2]
  • Reported that all the doctors of Montpellier perished in the plague of 1348.
  • Doctor deaths due to the Black Death were greater at Montpellier than elsewhere in France, as a large number of doctors resided there because of the Montpellier medical school.
Simon de Couvin - Other Facts:
  • He was a Montpellier-trained doctor who worked in Paris.
  • Reportedly showed allegiance to Aristotle & his primacy of the heart (over Galen's brain).
  • During the European famine (1346-1347), prior to the Black Death, de Couvin commented that:
    "The one who was poorly nourished by insubstantial food fell victim to the merest breath of the disease; the impoverished crowd of common folk died a welcome death, since for them life was death." [3]

References:
[1] - Hankin, 'On the epidemiology of plague', p. 57.
[2] - 'Opuscule relatif a la peste de 1348'
[3] - Stephanie True Peters (2004).
The Black Death. Benchmark Books (NY).


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