From 1886 to 1888 he devoted himself to public demonstrations of the researches of the faculty of pathological anatomy, and during the 2 years following was in charge of a course in bacteriology in the laboratory of Professor Victor André Cornil (1837-1908). In 1895 he was appointed visiting physician to the hospitals of Paris, and in 1904 became an instructor in the faculty of medicine. In 1905 he became a physician to the Hôpital Cochin, and was in charge of the medical clinics at the same institution.
Widal was the author of a remarkable series of essays on infectious diseases, erysipelas, diseases of the heart, liver, nervous system, etc., besides being a prolific contributor to various medical journals and encyclopedias. His name is associated with the Widal test, a diagnostic test for typhoid fever, and with hematologist Georges Hayem (1841-1933), he described acquired haemolytic anaemia, a disease that was historically referred to as "Hayem-Widal syndrome".
- Etude sur l'infection puerpérale, 1889.
- La cure de déchloruration dans le mal de Bright, 1906.
- Maladies des veines et des lymphatiques, 1911.
- Nouveau traité de médicine, 22 Vols., 1923 (with Georges Henri Roger, Pierre Joseph Teissier).
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Isidore Singer & Jacques Kahn (1901–1906). "Widal, Georges-Fernand". In Singer, Isidore; et al. Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.
- Georges-Fernand-Isidor Widal @ Who Named It
- Félix Charpentier. Sculptor of Widal bust.
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