Dr. Yersin Vietnam hero

That’s it … it’s decided Saigon 3 Days, the blog will no longer intended only for Saigon, but to Vietnamese culture in general. Culture is a big word, for this blog alone will not be able to glean immense knowledge of this country. However, as I really like, I share it with you.




I’ll start my article on Dr. Yersin (1863-1943) on the article published in the book Discovering the Vietnamese Culture Huu Ngoc writing. An article on Nha Trang interesting. I will only return to the beginning of the article on page 202 to start the article on Dr. Yersin.

After fifty years in Nha Trang, a port city in central Vietnam, Dr. Yersin (1863 -1943) is based in a poor fishing village not far from there.

To honor the memory of his tutelary genius, people dedicated a temple where burning candles and incense sticks. Note that in Vietnam, after the reconquest of independence, all the streets with French names were renamed except those bearing the name of this doctor original French Switzerland.


Conquistador of science, a tireless explorer, a symbol of generosity and philanthropy, supporter of monastic life in the service of knowledge and people, Alexandre Yersin has become a legendary figure.

In 1894 he identified in Hong Kong the plague bacillus (Yersinia Pestis).

He discovered the vacation site Dalat, Vietnam introduced the cultivation of rubber trees for rubber production, the cinchona tree to that of quinine used to treat malaria.

He created the Hanoi Medical School, and a Pasteur Institute in Nha Trang Pasteur Institute another. –

This doctor known to Vietnam in 1890 by becoming a doctor Messageries Maritimes on the Saigon-Manila line.

I also look on the internet and I see some very interesting links.




Here we can see the written reports by Yersin on these multiple searches.


an interesting presentation here with vintage photos.


Audio documents in French.




An excerpt from the article with Patrick Deville –

The Lutetia opens in 1910. It will come there from 1910 to 1912, then he does not put foot in Paris for seven years. He spends the entire First World War in Nha Trang. At 28, he became the first European to arrive on site. There it built a wooden house in the middle of nowhere, creates its research institute, brought in Saigon Pasteur, in Paris, as preparers locally. In that sense, too, is an entrepreneur. But suddenly, it is no longer alone.




extracts the digital book of Daniel Bernard.




A Swiss stamp.


A Vietnamese stamp





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