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World Journal of Surgery

, Volume 32, Issue 10, pp 2324–2326 | Cite as

Vincent Alexander Bochdalek (1801–1883)

  • Marios LoukasEmail author
  • Abraham El-Sedfy
  • R. Shane Tubbs
  • Walter B. Gribben
  • Mohammadali M. Shoja
  • Andrea Cermakova
Article

Abstract

Vincent Alexander Bochdalek, Czech anatomist and professor, was one of the pioneers in describing congenital diaphragmatic hernias in newborns. Interestingly, there is very little in the literature and almost nothing in the English literature regarding this important medical figure. A dedicated individual, Bochdalek had great perseverance, which allowed him to surpass obstacles in both his personal life and career. He is recognized for his accurate description of posterior diaphragmatic herniation, for which during his lifetime, there was no treatment. In addition, Bochdalek has multiple eponyms in his honor: ganglion Bochdalecki, Bochdalek’s basket, and the valves of Bochdalek. Always steadfast in his beliefs, Bochdalek fought for the creation of anatomy labs in Prague against society pressures. His devoted study of anatomy, especially of congenital diaphragmatic hernias, laid the foundation for the successful surgical correction of this once lethal anomaly.

Keywords

Rabies Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Mucous Membrane Fold Societal Stigma Diaphragmatic Herniation 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors thank Dr. Bodo Baumgartner for the translation of the German manuscripts.

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© Société Internationale de Chirurgie 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marios Loukas
    • 1
    Email author
  • Abraham El-Sedfy
    • 1
    • 2
  • R. Shane Tubbs
    • 3
  • Walter B. Gribben
    • 4
  • Mohammadali M. Shoja
    • 5
  • Andrea Cermakova
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anatomical SciencesSt George’s University, School of MedicineGrenadaWest Indies
  2. 2.Windward Islands Research and Education FoundationSt George’s UniversityGrenadaWest Indies
  3. 3.Section of Pediatric NeurosurgeryChildren’s HospitalBirminghamUSA
  4. 4.University of Alabama at Birmingham School of MedicineBirminghamUSA
  5. 5.Tuberculosis and Lung Disease InstituteTabriz Medical UniversityTabrizIran

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