NC Paulescu’s “Traite de Physiologie Medicale”

Summary of Achievements During a Life Dedicated to Medical Science

  • Constantin Ionescu-Tîrgoviște


It was our intention that by the end of 2010, we would succeed in republishing the famous “Traité de Physiologie Médicale” (3 volumes, 2300 pages), 90 years after its original publication. This will be the first installment of a “Fundamental Works of Romanian Medicine” collection, which must also contain seminal works such as Gheorghe Marinescu’s “La Cellule Nerveuse”, Cornil and Babes’s “The Treatise of Microbiology” and others.

Until now, for those working in the field of Diabetes, this treatise has been regarded only as his first announcement of the discovery of insulin (“pancrein”, as the author originally named it). Indeed, at the end of the chapter presenting his most important experiments, he states the following: “This data shed a new light on the pathogenesis of this syndrome, and also give us the key to its treatment.”