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The Skin of a Revolutionary

Covadonga Coto-Segura, BA; Pablo Coto-Segura, MD, PhD; Jorge Santos-Juanes, MD, PhD
Arch Dermatol. 2011;147(5):539. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2011.92.
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Jean-Paul Marat (Baudry, Switzerland, born 1743) was murdered July 13, 1793, in Paris, France, while taking a therapeutic bath to treat his mysterious skin disease.13 Charlotte Corday stabbed him to death because she held him responsible for the September Massacres and feared the outbreak of civil war.

Marat obtained the degree of Doctor in Medicine at the University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland, with an essay on gleets (gonorrhea). He was a brilliant scientist and finally became a revolutionary politician during the French Revolution. He accused Antoine Lavoisier, the “father of modern chemistry,” of selling watered-down tobacco, an accusation that caused Lavoisier to be guillotined.

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La Mort de Marat (ou Marat assassiné), 1793. Oil on canvas, 165 × 128 cm. Copyright the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels.

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