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August 2013

Remembering Louis Tribondeau (1872-1918)

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Medical School, University of Athens, “Attikon” General University Hospital, Athens, Greece
  • 2University of Athens Medical School, Athens
  • 3Society of Junior Doctors, Athens
JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(8):934. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.4236

French physician Louis Tribondeau (1872-1918) has been an important name in biochemical and dermatological research for 100 years. His study of infectious diseases, particularly syphilis and mycoses, marks some important chapters in the history of dermatology. Most notably, he ameliorated the Wassermann reaction and described a method for staining Treponema pallidum and other spirochetes by silver impregnation using ammoniacal silver nitrate solution, named “Fontana-Tribondeau silver stain.1-3

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