Baron Antoine Portal was a French anatomist, doctor, medical historian and founding president of the Académie Nationale de Médecine.
He studied medicine in Albi, Toulouse and Montpellier and started his career as a teacher of anatomy.
Born on January 5, 1742 in Gaillac, he was the eldest of 12 siblings. In 1803 he published "Cours d'anatomie médicale", a 5-volume work on medical history. He was probably the first to describe amyloid in liver in 1789 when he noted a lard-like substance in an elderly woman's liver.
He was the first to describe bleeding due to esophageal varices. He also published article on clinical features of epilepsy. He died in 1832 at the age of 90 and was buried in Saint Pierre de Montmartre.
French Academy of Sciences. Académie Nationale de Médecine.