G.B.A. Duchenne, French physician, with patient

G.B.A. Duchenne, French physician, with patient

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Caption: Guillaume Duchenne. Portrait of Guillaume Benjam- in Amand Duchenne (1806-75), French physician, holding an electrode to a patient's head. Duchenne pioneered electric therapy. He studied the physiology and diseases of muscles. He did important work on poliomyelitis, locomotor ataxia and Duchenne's muscular dystrophy. He developed a method of removing small pieces of muscle (a biopsy) for microscopic examination. He never held a formal hospital appointment but worked at Salpetriere Hospital in Paris under the patronage of Charcot. Photographed in 1861.

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Keywords: biopsy, charcot, duchenne, electrotherapy, guillaume benjamin, j-m.'s assistant, muscular dystrophy, physiologist, pioneer, poliomyelitus, portraits, surname d

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