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De Quervain's disease

  • Subacute thyroiditis
  • F de Quervain (1868-1940) Swiss surgeon who came of Huguenot stock and trained with Langerhan in pathology and spent three years with Kocher in Berne. He published over 300 papers, many of which were devoted to thyroid disease, ranging from technical procedures on thyroidectomy to the epidemiology of thyroid disease. He wrote one of the leading surgical textbooks of the day "Special Surgical Diagnosis". He was a strong proponent of a general approach to the patient and teaching rather than an artificial division into specialist areas and made no opposition on this point. He was one of the earliest clinicians to appreciate that post operative pneumonia was often really a pulmonary infarct due to embolism. He died of acute pancreatitis.



Last updated: 03 January 2011

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