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Nicolas Chervin Papers 1816-1836
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Biography

Biographical Note

Nicholas Chervin was a French physician and yellow fever researcher.

Chervin was an ardent believer in the non-contagiousness of yellow fever. He wrote several monographs on the subject and campaigned for the elimination of quarantine on the basis of his research. From 1820 to 1822, Chervin wrote to physicians in most of the port cities of the East Coast of the United States, from Portland, Maine, to New Orleans, Louisiana, gathering information regarding the experiences of each physician with yellow fever and his opinion regarding the contagious or non-contagious aspects of the disease.