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Charles Marie Édouard Chassaignac

Born 1805
Died 1879

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French surgeon, born December 24, 1805, Paris; died August 26, 1879, Versailles.

Biography of Charles Marie Édouard Chassaignac

Charles Marie Édouard Chassaignac commenced his medical studies in his native town of Nantes, continued in Paris and was promoted doctor in that town on 1835 with a dissertation on fractures of the neck of the femur. Two years later he became professor agrégé at the faculty as well as prosector. He then held various positions, among them surgeon to the Bureaus Central des Hôpitaux, and vice president of the Société anatomique. At this time, with Gustave Antoine Richelot (1807-1893), he published a translation of Astley Cooper’s (1768-1841) The principles and practice of surgery, as Oeuvres chirurgicales complètes (1835, 1837).

Chassaignac's career was interrupted after seven unsuccessful attempts to achieve a chair at the university through concours, as Philippe-Frédéric Blandin (1798-1849), Auguste Bérard (1802-1846), Joseph François Malgaigne (1806-1865), Stanislas Laugier (1799-1872), and Auguste Nélaton (1807-1873) were preferred. Not until 1869 was he accepted by the faculty and appointed professor of anatomy and surgery in Paris.

In 1857 Chassaignac was president of the Société de chirurgie and in 1868 he became a member of the Académie de médecine.

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