Bidloo, Govert (1649-1713)

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Govert Bidloo, b. 12 March 1649 at Amsterdam, d. 30 March 1713, at Leiden, was a well-known physician and professor at the University of Leiden. He was a Mennonite, the younger brother of Lambert Bidloo. After having been first a surgeon at Amsterdam, he studied medicine at Franeker, where he graduated in 1682. His anatomic atlas, Anatomia humani corporis (Amsterdam, 1685, Dutch translation in 1690), was highly esteemed in those days. In 1694 he was appointed professor of medicine and the healing arts at Leiden, and in 1701 he became the chief physician to Stadholder William III. At the same time he was a playwright, and his tragedy, Karel, erfprins van Spanje (1679), was very popular. But he more particularly was known as the author of the poem, Brieven der Gemartelde Apostelen (The Letters of the Martyred Apostles) (Amsterdam, 1675, reprinted 1698, 1712, 1748).


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Bidloo, Govert (1649-1713)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 28 May 2018.,_Govert_(1649-1713)&oldid=75630.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1953). Bidloo, Govert (1649-1713). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 May 2018, from,_Govert_(1649-1713)&oldid=75630.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 338. All rights reserved.

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