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World J Surg. 2008 Oct;32(10):2324-6. doi: 10.1007/s00268-008-9686-6.

Vincent Alexander Bochdalek (1801-1883).

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  • 1Department of Anatomical Sciences, St George's University, School of Medicine, True Blue Campus, Grenada, West Indies. edsg2000@yahoo.com

Abstract

Vincent Alexander Bochdalek, Czech anatomist and professor, was one of the pioneers in describing congenital diaphragmatic hernias in newborns. Interestingly, there is very little in the literature and almost nothing in the English literature regarding this important medical figure. A dedicated individual, Bochdalek had great perseverance, which allowed him to surpass obstacles in both his personal life and career. He is recognized for his accurate description of posterior diaphragmatic herniation, for which during his lifetime, there was no treatment. In addition, Bochdalek has multiple eponyms in his honor: ganglion Bochdalecki, Bochdalek's basket, and the valves of Bochdalek. Always steadfast in his beliefs, Bochdalek fought for the creation of anatomy labs in Prague against society pressures. His devoted study of anatomy, especially of congenital diaphragmatic hernias, laid the foundation for the successful surgical correction of this once lethal anomaly.

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18642043
DOI:
10.1007/s00268-008-9686-6
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