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GUILLAUME DUPUYTREN (1777-1835) — THE BRIGAND OF HÔTEL DIEU

JAMA. 1964;189(6):509-510. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070060119015.
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Dupuytren, who, through fair means or base intrigue, rose from poverty and obscurity to wealth and international fame as the leading surgeon of Paris in the early part of the 19th century, left an indelible imprint on the science and art of his profession. He was born in Pierre-Buffière, a small village of the district of Haute Vienne in west central France. His father was a lawyer of small means and his teacher in elementary subjects. He was enrolled in the Collège of La Marche, as a result of a chance meeting with and a favorable impression upon a brother of the principal of the school. Dupuytren's remarkable characteristics were apparent to his superiors in his early youth, although there is no record of his brilliance as a scholar at that time. He abandoned higher learning for a brief period at the age of 16, but, upon the firm direction

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