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Mathieu Jaboulay

Born  1860
Died  1913

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French surgeon, born July 3, 1860, Saint-Genis-Laval near Lyon; died November 4, 1913, Paris.

Biography of Mathieu Jaboulay

Mathieu Jaboulay studied at Lyon. He became prosector in 1884 and in 1886 agrégé and chief of anatomical works. In 1892 he became Chirurgien des hôpitaux and in 1902 was appointed professor of clinical surgery.

In 1892 Jaboulay introduced side-to-side gastroduodenostomy and two years later he performed the first known interiloabdominal amputation. In 1906 he carried out the first attempts at human kidney transplantation. He anastomised the renal vessels of a sheep and a pig kidney, respectively, to the brachial vessels of two female patients who were dying of renal failure. Neither kidney worked, but these were the first transplants, albeit xenografts, that had been placed in humans.


  • De la gastro-duodénostomie.
    Archives provinciales de chirurgie, Paris, 1892, 1: 551-554.
  • La désarticulation interilio-abdominale. Lyon médical, 1894, 75: 507-510.
    Interilio-abdominal amputation first described.
  • Chirurgie du grand sympathique et du corps thyroïde (les différents goitres).
    Articles originaux at observations réunis et publiés par E. Martin. Paris, O. Doin, 1900.
    His most important text. Jaboulay was the first to perform the operation of sympathectomy for the relief of vascular disease.
  • Chirurgie des centres nerveux, des viscères et des membres.
    2 volumes. Lyon/Paris, 1902. 410 + 503 pages.
  • Leçons de clinique chirurgicale (Hôtel-Dieu 1902-1903).
    Publiée par M. P. Cavaillon. Lyon, 1904. 469 pages.
  • Recherches sur les tumeurs epithéliales. Paris, 1904.
  • Hernies. With Maurice Patel (born 1875). Paris, 1908.
  • G. Gayet:
    Mathieu Jaboulay (1860-1913). Paris, Libr. J.-B- Baillière, 1936. 16 pages.
    Dans la revue mensuelle illustrée : Les Biographies médicales, Notes pour servir à l'Histoire de la médecine et des grands médecins
  • Peter J. Morris:
    Transplantation – A Medical Miracle of the 20th Century.
    The New England Journal of Medicine, December 23, 2004 351 (26): 2678-2680.
We thank Rudolf Kleinert, Bad Reichenhall, Germany, for information submitted.

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