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B-ENT. 2007;3(3):157-73.

History of osteogenesis imperfecta or brittle bone disease: a few stops on a road 3000 years long.


The attested history of osteogenesis imperfecta began three thousand years ago and it continues down to the present day. Through the centuries, we find a dislocated mummy of a child of Ancient Egypt, a young Arab named Satib, a Viking prince known as "Boneless", a subject of Louis XIV with a broken skeleton and finally, in the 20th century, a young deaf mother with blue sclerotics and a jazz pianist unable to walk except on crutches... Without being exhaustive, this review of contrasting cases attests to the universality and to the permanency of this disease.

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