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Int J Cardiol. 2008 Feb 20;124(1):1-5. Epub 2007 Aug 31.

Does Rene Leriche merit eponymous distinction?


René Leriche accepted the position of President of the Conseil Supérieur de l'Ordre National des médecins, representative institution for the French medical community created by the Vichy government on October 7th 1940. As president of the Conseil Supérieur de l'Ordre National des Médecins until the 28th December 1942, he was responsible for all of the institution's actions of exclusion, repression, spoliation and denunciation of Jewish physicians in France. The question which is now being posed is whether the name Leriche should be dissociated from the two syndromes first described by René Leriche: Leriche's syndrome caused by thrombotic obliteration above or at the bifurcation of the aorta and Sudek-Leriche syndrome due to aseptic necrosis of bone following injury. Actually the René Leriche Prize of the International Society of Surgery is named after him. As Leriche violated principles of confraternity which constitutes a major lack of medical ethical precepts, the question concerning the use of the eponym Leriche's syndrome should be discussed within the scientific community.

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