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Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Ramée, Stanislas Henri de la

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RAMÉE, Stanislas Henri de la (rah-may), French naturalist, b. in Périgueux in 1747; d. in Fontainebleau in 1803. He studied medicine and botany in Toulouse, and at the age of twenty had formed a valuable herbarium of the flora of Languedoc, when he went to Paris to study under Buffon, whom he assisted for several years in the Royal botanical garden. In 1783 he was sent to Peru to study the effects of cholera, which then was raging in Callao, and he visited afterward the Andes of Peru, Central America, the Isthmus of Panama, Cuba, and several of the West Indies, returning with valuable collections in natural history. His works include “Nova Systema Naturæ” (2 vols., Paris, 1792); “Monographie des drogues et médicaments simples de l'Amérique du Sud” (1794); and “Prodome des plantes recueillies en Amérique et dans les Indes Occidentales” (1798).