Cornelis Bontekoe

Other name: 
born Cornelis Dekker
Death or Burial date: 
January 13, 1685

Cornelis Bontekoe was a physician from Alkmaar who was educated in Leiden. He left the Republic in 1682 for Germany, where he became personal physician to the Brandenburg elector Friedrich Wilhelm III (1620-1688). Bontekoe was an ardent advocate of the use of tea as a medicine. According to him, drinking tea, as much as 50 cups per day, total abstention from alcohol, and complete frugality could considerably lengthen a person's life. Bontekoe died at age 38 after an accident involving drinking too much tea [needs source].

For Leeuwenhoek's contacts with Bontekoe, see Related letters below.