The son of a merchant and born at Lyons, Nicolas Andry was educated for the clergy at the Collège des Grassins, where he was made a professor, but after a few years of teaching and acting as tutor he turned his attention to medicine and took the name of Bois Regard. He received his doctor's bonnet at Rheims in 1693, and in 1697 from the Paris Faculty. His thesis was entitled, "An in morborum cura, hilaritas in medico, obedientia in aegro." In 1701 he was named adjoint to the professor of medicine, and the next year he was named censor and became a writer on the Journal des savans. He was a facile writer and wrote a score or so of medical treatises and papers besides innumerable criticisms and invectives. His pen was feared by his opponents, of whom he had many.
In 1724 he was made dean of the