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January 13, 1969


JAMA. 1969;207(2):359-360. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03150150071023

J. J. Dejerine, one of the great clinical neurologists of contemporary times, was born in Geneva of French parents.1 Jules arrived in Paris for his higher education in 1871 during the period of great turmoil. He won the post of extern of the Paris hospitals in 1872, intern in 1874, and the MD degree and a silver medal in 1879, with a thesis on lesions of the nervous system in acute ascending paralysis. After appointment as chief of the clinic at Charité in 1879 and physician to the hospitals of Paris in 1882, he was advanced to academic standing (agrégé) in the university faculty in 1886 and physician to Bicêtre the following year. In 1895, Dejerine was appointed physician to Saltpêtriére; in 1901, he assumed the professorship of the history of medicine and surgery, transferring later to the chair of internal pathology. By then he had given much thought