Charles Bonnet, his life, and his syndrome

Surv Ophthalmol. 2007 Jan-Feb;52(1):111-4. doi: 10.1016/j.survophthal.2006.10.007.


Charles Bonnet (1720-1792) was an eminent naturalist and philosopher whose contributions to botany and philosophy were highly regarded and honored by his contemporaries in the scientific community of his era in France and England. In1760 he first described and analyzed formed visual hallucinations experienced by his grandfather. The syndrome was named after Bonnet in 1937 by George de Mosier, another native of Geneva, Switzerland.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Portrait

MeSH terms

  • Hallucinations / history*
  • History, 18th Century
  • Humans
  • Ophthalmology / history
  • Switzerland
  • Syndrome
  • Vision Disorders / history*

Personal name as subject

  • Charles Bonnet