Lars Fredrik Gravander

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Lars Fredrik Gravander (born February 3, 1778 in Sund near Nora . Örebro län ; † March 7, 1815 ) was a Swedish doctor and poet .


After completing his basic education, Lars Fredrik Gravander studied medicine at Uppsala University from 1797 . After completing his studies, he earned his medical doctorate in 1804 and then practiced as a doctor in the Falun District of central Sweden. At the same time, the government was trying to introduce the cowpox vaccination throughout the empire, so Gravander found an active supporter of its plan. About 5000 children are said to have been vaccinated by him or under his direction by 1810. He tried to popularize the new procedure through several comprehensively written handbooks and treatises, especially the successful presentation of the advantages of the cowpox vaccination ( Underrättelser rörande Fördelar of Ympning med Skyddskoppor , Falun 1804) and his journal recipes for the cowpox vaccination ( form till Vaccinationens Journaler , Falun 1805) and justify. He also devoted his attention to finding effective means of preventing the spread of infectious diseases. The publication of his research and experiences in his protection book against epidemics ( Förvaringsmedlen emot hetsiga smittosama Sjukdommar , Falun 1807; 2nd edition, ibid. 1809) was very well received .

The government awarded Gravander a medal of merit for his medical work, combined with a gift of 600 thalers. Soon after, the outbreak of a contagious disease in his district returned to his attention. But he was seized by this disease himself and died on March 7, 1815 at the age of 37.

Gravander also tried his hand at being a poet. His Four World Ages , his apotheosis of Julius Caesar and his bliss of country life , parodies of works by the Roman poets Ovid , Virgil and Horace , as well as his own works such as Hercules and Fortuna (1812) and The Source of Wisdom (1813) were published by the Swedish Academy Award-winning science. All of his poems, which first appeared in the writings of the Swedish Academy, were combined in a collection under the title Skaldestycken (Falun 1831).