Antoine Marfan

Antoine Bernard-Jean Marfan (1858 - 1942)

Antoine Bernard-Jean Marfan (1858 – 1942) was a French pediatrician.



  • Born 23 June 1858
  • Died 11 February 1942

Medical Eponyms

  • Marfan syndrome (1896)
  • Marfan symptom
  • Marfan-Madelung syndrome
  • Marfan’s law – prognostic rule in tuberculosis.
  • Dennie-Marfan syndrome – Spastic paraplegia of the lower extremities and mental retardation in children with congenital syphilis. Dennie described 8 cases in 1929; Marfan added further cases and review in 1936.

Key Medical Attributions


Major Publications

  • Marfan AB. Un cas de déformation congénitale des quatre membres, plus prononcée aux extrémités, caractérisée par l’allongement des os avec un certain degré d’amincissement. Bull. et mém. Soc. méd. hôp. de Paris”, 1896 [Marfan syndrome]
  • Marfan AB. La dolichosténomélie (dolichomélie arachnodactylie). Ann Med. 1938; 44: 5–29 [Marfan syndrome]
  • Marfan AB. Paraplégie spasmodique avec troubles cérébraux d’origine hérédo-syphilitique chez les grands enfants. Revue francaise de pédiatrie, 1936, 12: 1-16. [Dennie-Marfan syndrome]
  • Marfan AB. Traité de l’allaitement et de l’alimentation des enfants du premier âge [Breastfeeding and feeding of young children.] 1899.
  • Marfan AB. Le rachitisme et sa pathogénie. 1911.
  • Marfan AB. La tuberculsoe des enfants de premier âge. Clinique des maladies de la première enfance. Chapters XV, XVI, XVII. Paris, 1926. [Marfan’s law]


  • Dennie CC. Partial paralysis of the lower extremities in children, accompanied by backward mental development. American Journal of Syphilis, 1929, 13: 157-163. [Dennie-Marfan syndrome]

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the person behind the name

Emergency physician MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM with a passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books |

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