Jules Gonin

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Jules Gonin (August 10, 1870 - May, 1935) was a Professor of Ophthalmology in Lausanne (Switzerland) who pioneered the procedure of ignipuncture, the first successful surgery for the treatment of retinal detachments.[1][2]

Early Life :

Young Jules grew in a family with culture and religious faith. During his schooling he showed talent in languages. He spoke French, Swiss German, Latin and Greek. He also studied English, Spanish and Italian languages.

He got enrolled in the College of Sciences in 1888 and studies medicine at the University of Lausanne. He earned distinction from university for his research studies on butterflies. He entered the institute of Pathology in Lausanne. he developed interest in Ophthalmology and was offered training by Dr. Marc Dufour, then director of the Eye Hospital in Lausanne in 1896.[3]


  1. ^ Wolfensberger, TJ (Dec 2003). "Jules Gonin. Pioneer of retinal detachment surgery". Indian J Ophthalmol. 51 (4): 303–8. PMID 14750617. 
  2. ^ Wolfensberger, Thomas J. "JULES GONIN. PIONEER OF RETINAL DETACHMENT SURGERY". History. Club Jules Gonin. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Jules Gonin. Inventor of the surgical treatment for retinal detachment.". survey of ophthalmology. 21: 276–84. 1976. PMID 797030. doi:10.1016/0039-6257(76)90125-9. 

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