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De Quervain's disease
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.