Skip to comments.1691: Johannes Fatio and the leaders of the 1691er-Wesen
Posted on 09/28/2021 2:10:12 PM PDT by CheshireTheCat
Swiss physician Johannes Fatio was beheaded as a rebel on this date in 1691.
A bit of an outsider to the medical establishment of his native Basel — which refused for a time to recognize credentials he’d earned studying in France — Fatio (English Wikipedia entry | German) posterized the lot of them by performing the first successful surgical separation of conjoined twins in 1689.
Baslerin knew quality even if their scholars didn’t, and flocked to his medical practice, a pioneer in pediatric surgery. With medicine still at this point coalescing out of the craft guild system as a distinct professional category, Fatio’s affiliation was with the Shearer’s Guild — that is, barbers.
Guilds dominated the economic structure of Basel, layered beneath the city’s handful of oligarch clans known as the “Daig”, but as was true in other Swiss cantons a political administration of superrich patricians plus favored guild bosses sowed discontent further down the chain.....
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We have the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum in St. Augustine. The “Fatio” - which we pronounce FAYzhio - comes from Louisa Fatio, a 19th century owner during the 18th century building’s boarding house days. She was the daughter of Francis Philippe Fatio, who was born in London in the 18th century to Swiss parents. He was a businessman and moved to Florida during the British Period. He is buried in a place along the St Johns River known as Switzerland because there was a small Swiss immigrant community there.
I would assume he was a descendant or relative of Johannes, since it appears to have been an important family.
(We lived on Fatio Lane in Orange Park, across the river from Switzerland, FL).
Where we disagree on pronunciation might be due to “British” pronunciation.
(They’re big on the “short-A”)
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