nélaton catheter

Auguste Nélaton

Auguste Nélaton (June 17, 1807September 21, 1873) was a French physician and surgeon. Born at Paris, he began studying medicine in 1828 and was graduated as an M.D. in 1836 with a thesis on the effects of tuberculosis on the bones. Three years later, he became a professor at the Hôpital St. Louis with a habilitation on breast tumors. From 1851 to 1867, he was a full professor, a post he abandoned when he became the personal surgeon of Napoleon III. Ramón Emeterio BetancesPuerto Rican pro-independence leader, surgeon and Légion d'honneur laureate—was one of Nélaton's prominent students. In 1868, he was appointed Imperial Senator.

Nélaton worked in plastic surgery. He was the first to propose the ligature of the two ends of arteries in hemorrhages, invented the porcelain-knobbed probe for locating bullets known as Nélaton's probe, and made noted contributions to pelvic and abdominal surgery.


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