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August 15, 1966


JAMA. 1966;197(7):583. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110070107031

Henri Jules Marie Rendu, who described familial telangiectasia, was the leading French clinician of his day. He was born in Paris while his father was Inspector of Agriculture. His mother was the daughter of a painter, and one of his great uncles was Grand Master of the University of France. Rendu studied for two years in the Agronomic School in Rennes, intending to follow his father's calling. However, he became interested in geology, botany, and mathematics and in time received the licencié in science and prepared for the doctor of science degree with the drafting of a thesis on the tertiary strata of the environs of Rennes. Displaying both a brilliant mind and a prodigious memory, he received early acclamation for his recitation of the Passion in Greek at his first communion.1 In 1865, he turned to the study of medicine, became extern of the Paris hospitals in 1867,