The Life and Times of Guillaume Dupuytren, 1777-1835
"At the time of Dupuytren's birth in 1777, France was still governed by an absolute monarch, Louis XVI. When Dupuytren died in 1835, he had lived through two revolutions (1789 and 1830), a republic, a 'Directoire', a consulate, an empire under Napoleon and another two royal restorations under Louis XVIII and Charles X. Dupuytren was always closely involved in these historic events because he was in direct contact with the leading figures from the different periods, both privately and professionally. He played an important role in the organisation and reorganisation of medical surgical education. As the head surgeon of the Hôtel-Dieu hospital, the largest hospital in France, he treated not only a large and highly varied number of surgical patients, but also the victims of riots, insurrections, revolutions and wars, as well as victims of the cholera epidemic of 1832.
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Preface by Robert Van Hee
The political situation at the time of Dupuytren
Physicians directly involved in the revolution
The early years and the climb to the top
Hospitals at the time of Dupuytren
Dupuytrens working day and work
The treatment of a harelip at the time of Dupuytren
War surgery at the time of Dupuytren
Visit to Cooper in London
Belgian students and contemporaries of Dupuytren
Illness and death of Dupuytren
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