The man of many facets
First and foremost, he was a doctor. After graduating in Montpellier, he moved back to Loudun with his wife. In France and abroad, he developed Polychreston, the first medicine with dosage and instructions for use. In 1612, Marie de Médicis appointed him “Médecin ordinaire” to King Louis XIII. In 1628, in parallel with his work as a physician, Théophraste Renaudot began serving the poor by opening an “address bureau” to list job offers and applications. In 1631, he launched the first French newspaper: “La Gazette”, with the support of Richelieu’s government.
The Gazette was published once a week and reported on various political events in France and Europe until 1915.