Albert Pitres

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Albert Pitres

Albert Pitres (26 August 1848 – 25 March 1928)[1] was a French neurological physician. He was born in Bordeaux and received his training in Paris, where he was the student of Jean Martin Charcot (1825-1893) and Louis-Antoine Ranvier (1835-1922). He was the dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Bordeaux (appointed 1885).

He began his medical studies in Bordeaux, later working as an interne to the hospitals of Paris (from 1872). In 1877 he defended his doctoral thesis, and during the following year received his agrégation with a dissertation titled "Les hypertrophies et les dilatations cardiaques indépendante des lésions valvulaires". Later he returned to Bordeaux, where from 1881 to 1919, he was maître to the chair of pathology. Pitres died in 1928 at the age of 79 after falling down stairs.

Lessons that Pitres gave in the amphitheater on the following subjects were compiled and published: hysteria and hypnotism (1891), amnesic aphasia (1897), paraphasia (1898) and physical signs associated with pleural effusions (1902). His studies of peripheral neuritis were published in Volume XXXVI of Gilbert and Carnot's "Nouveau traité de médeine et de thérapeutique".[2] With Leo Testut (1849-1925), he was co-author of "Les nerfs en schémas, anatomie et physiopathologie" (1925).

His name became associated with pleural effusion and with tabes dorsalis. The term "Pitres' sign" refers to hypoesthesia of the scrotum and testicles in tabes dorsalis.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IDREF.fr (bibliography)
  2. ^ World Cat Titles Maladies des nerfs périphériques et du sympathique
  3. ^ Companion to Clinical Neurology by William Pryse-Phillips
  4. ^ Medilexicon (medical dictionary)

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