Views & Reviews Medical Classics

Portrait of Doctor Boucard

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3920 (Published 22 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3920
  1. Peter Davies, freelance journalist, London
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Never has a career founded on fighting diarrhoea been depicted so glamorously. Tamara de Lempicka’s portrait of Dr Pierre Boucard shows the French bacteriologist who in 1907 isolated Lactobacillus acidophilus from the human stool and developed Lacteol, an antidiarrhoeal drug still widely used in France and elsewhere. His company, Laboratoire du Lactéol du Docteur Boucard, on the outskirts of Paris, was highly profitable (and acquired by a Canadian pharmaceutical manufacturer in 2002). Boucard’s subsequent wealth enabled him to indulge his love of art and lead a life of leisure. He was a friend of the photographer Jacques Henri …

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