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December 16, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(25):1978-1980. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740500058023

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The French Congress of Surgery  The forty-second annual session of the Association française de chirurgie, the most important of the medical congresses held at Paris during the month of October, was a brilliant success. It was presided over by Professor Leriche, who, from the Faculté de médecine de Strasbourg, has recently returned to the faculty at Lyons, from which he came. His opening address was characterized by the presentation of many lofty ideals. He paid homage to his teacher at the University of Lyons, Professor Poncet. He pointed out that a lesion often is only the effect of a physiologic disorder that disappears spontaneously when the disorder is relieved by a slight operation, such as the extirpation of the parathyroids in scleroderma. His address was well received. Three topics were studied by the congress: (1) surgery of the parathyroids, (2) immediate treatment of fractures of the base of the cranium,

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