François Dessertenne

François Dessertenne (1917-2006) was a French physician and cardiologist.

  • Born in 1917
  • 1948 – Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hôpital Lariboisière, France. Assistant to Prof Yves Bouvrain (1910-2002)
  • Died in 2006

Medical Eponyms
Torsades de pointes (1966)

1965Dessertenne et al demonstrated that the progressive variations of amplitude observed were distinct from ventricular fibrillation, and they coined the term torsades de pointes

Dessertenne torsades de pointes 1966
Dessertenne torsades de pointes 1966

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Prof. Nicolas Peschanski currently works as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Urgences Adultes-SAMU-35 SMUR, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Rennes. Nicolas does research in Emergency Medicine at U1096 INSERM EnVI Normandy University research Unit. He's Associate Prof. teaching Clinical Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Rennes-1 University School of Medicine. Involved in the #FOAMed development, he is a current member of the french Society of Emergency Medicine Guideline Committee.


BA MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM. Emergency physician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.  Passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | Twitter |

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