Jean-François-Auguste Le Dentu

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Jean-François-Auguste Le Dentu

Jean-François-Auguste Le Dentu (21 June 1841 in Basse-Terre (Guadeloupe) – 26 October 1926 in Paris) was a French surgeon.

Beginning in 1863 he was an interne of medicine in Paris, later serving as an aide of anatomy (1864) and as a prosector to the medical faculty (1867). In 1867 he received his doctorate with a thesis on venous circulation of the foot and leg, two years later obtaining his agrégation in surgery with the dissertation Des anomalies du testicule (testicular anomalies).

In 1872 he became a surgeon to the "Bureau central", followed by a promotion as chirurgien des hôpitaux in 1876. Subsequently, he was appointed professor to the medical faculty in Paris; second chair of clinical surgery at Hôpital Necker (1890-1904), followed by an assignment as chair of clinical surgery at the Hôtel-Dieu (1904-1908).[1]

Le Dentu is remembered for contributions made in the field of urosurgery; in 1875 being credited with achieving the first recorded occurrence of cure by nephrectomy in France,[2] and in 1898, with Joaquín Albarrán (1860-1912), performing the first nephroureterectomy for upper tract urothelial cancer.[3]

Written works[edit]

He was the author of numerous articles in the fields of surgery and urology. With Pierre Delbet (1861-1957) and others, he published the multi-volume Traité de chirurgie clinique et opératoire (1901 et seq.).[4][5] He made significant contributions to Sigismond Jaccoud's Nouveau dictionnaire de medecine et de chirurgie.[6] Other publications by Le Dentu include:

  • Traité des maladies des voies urinaires, 1868-1881 - Diseases of the urinary tract.
  • Contribution à l'histoire de l'extraction des calculs du rein, 1882 - Contribution to the history of kidney stone extraction.
  • Néphrectomie, 1885 - Nephrectomy.
  • Affections chirurgicales des reins, des uretères et des capsules surrénales, 1889 - Surgical disorders of the kidneys, ureter and adrenals.
  • Du Traitement des affections inflammatoires des annexes de l'utérus, 1892 - Treatment of inflammatory diseases of the uterine adnexa.[7]


  1. ^ Societes savantes (biography)
  2. ^ London Medical Record A Review of the Progress of Medicine, Surgery... by Ernest Hart
  3. ^ Urothelial Tumors by Michael J. Droller
  4. ^ WorldCat Search Traité de chirurgie clinique et opératoire
  5. ^ Enciclopedia Treccani (biographical information)
  6. ^ Pagel: Biographical Dictionary Excellent doctors of the nineteenth century. Berlin, Vienna 1901, 972-973 Sp
  7. ^ (bibliography)

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