Falconet, Noel (1644–1734)
French physician and medical writer. He was born at Lyons
and became consulting physician to the king. Falconet’s works
included Letters and Remarks on the So-Called Potable Gold. Gold
has been used medicinally since ancient times, and potable
gold, often prepared by alchemists, was gold prepared in a
drinkable form, usually through the addition of some volatile
oil.