Paris - Ile De France

National Academy of Medicine - Rue Bonaparte - Paris

This page was updated on: Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at: 5:32 pm

National Academy of Medicine since 1820


National Academy of Medicine was founded in 1820 by Louis XVIII.

However, it was originally known as Royal Academy of Medicine.

The National Academy of Medicine was originally domiciled in the Faculty of Medicine of Paris.

It was transferred in a mansion located Rue de Poitiers, then in a church in the nearby Rue des Saints-Pères.

It has been in its current location since 1902, next to the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris.

The architect Justin Rochet drew the plans of the mansion to house the National Academy of Medicine.

It is a superb example of Art Nouveau architecture, however, boasts an impressive Classical style facade.

National Academy of Medicine - mission

The National Academy of Medicine is not part of the Institut de France.

It was indeed formed from the Royal Academy of Surgery (founded in 1731) and the Royal Society of Medicine (1736).

The Academy brought together not only the surgeons and physicians, but also the veterinarians, biologists and state men in charge of health.

It was in the National Academy of Medicine that Louis Pasteur convinced surgeons of the imperative necessity of sterilizing tools before any operation to prevent microbial infections.

This was also there that Alfred Velpeau demonstrated the merits of anaesthesia by ether.

The National Academy of Medicine has a primarily advisory role.

It also ensures the development and dissemination of medical sciences.

The decisions related to the regulation of the quality and efficiency of the health system are implemented by the National Council of the College of Physicians along with the Haute Autorité de Santé or HAS and various agencies under the supervision of the Health Ministry.

The National Academy of Medicine was endowed with a remarkable library boasting some 30,000 books and documents.

These are related to the history of medicine.

Many date back to the Ancien Regime (monarchy era prior to the French Revolution).

The National Academy of Medicine is open to the public the Saturday on European Heritage Days - Journées du Patrimoine.

An academician will take you on a guided tour of this prestigious institution.

You'll therefore discover the library, the Salle Bader with the busts of the academy’s former presidents and the stunning Salle des Séances (meeting room).

Directions: 6th district - no16 rue Bonaparte
Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés on Line 4 and Mabillon on Line 10
Bus: #39 et #95
Coordinates: Lat 48.856278 - Long 2.334372

Villa Seurat - Maison Quillet at No.8 by Lurçat

May 14 2020

Villa Seurat, a showcase of Modernist architecture

Villa Seurat, a showcase of the Roaring Twenties’ Modernist architecture and a Cité d’Artistes where Arthur Miller wrote Tropic of Cancer
Theatre de La Comedie Italienne in Rue de la Gaite

April 29 2020

Rue de la Gaite in Montparnasse

Rue de la Gaite in Montparnasse district, a street nicknamed Theater St. as it’s been essentially lined with entertainment halls since the 1780s
Pont de la Concorde seen from Rive Gauche

April 14 2020

Pont de la Concorde in Paris

The Pont de la Concorde links Place de la Concorde to the National Assembly and was built at the French Revolution with stones from the Bastille Fortress

March 27 2020

Garde Republicaine, Paris’ emblematic Gendarmerie force

Garde Republicaine, Paris’ emblematic Gendarmerie force renowned for its Calvary regiment, is in charge of the security of the city and the public

Sign up to our newsletter

Travel France Online will use the information you provide on this form to keep in touch with you and to provide updates via our newsletter. By selecting the boxes on the form you confirm your acceptance to receive our newsletter.

You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by Contacting Us

We will treat your information with respect. For more information please visit our privacy policy page