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“Tetralogy of Fallot” and Étienne-Louis Arthur Fallot


The eponym “tetralogy of Fallot” did not become a common noun in pediatric cardiology vocabulary for several decades after Étienne-Louis Arthur Fallot’s report in a French medical journal. There were others before Fallot who described the abnormal cardiac anatomical findings seen in tetralogy of Fallot, but his name became fixed to the condition’s eponym primarily through Maude Abbott popularizing the term.

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I wish to thank Paul R. Lurie, Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics University of Southern California, for his help with translation and editorial suggestions.

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Evans, W.N. “Tetralogy of Fallot” and Étienne-Louis Arthur Fallot. Pediatr Cardiol 29, 637–640 (2008).

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