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Peter Camper

1722 - 1789

The first comparative anatomist

Peter Camper was born in Leyden and spent his working life in Holland.

As an illustrator, anthropologist, anatomist, physician and surgeon, he was one of the first scholars to study comparative anatomy. He is credited with having invented the word "extinct" in reference to animal species such as the mammoth.

He was Professor of Medicine in Amsterdam between 1750 and 1773.

Papers and articles about Peter Camper

Biographical Editorial
Click here to read an editorial about Peter Camper in the Journal of the Americal Medical Association (JAMA 1964; 189: 158). N.B. The full download requires JAMA registration.

Click here to read the article about Peter (Petrus) Camper on Wikipedia.

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