Jean-Charles Faget

Jean-Charles Faget (1818 – 1884)

Jean-Charles Faget (1818-1884) was a French physician.

Faget was famous for recognizing and recording the symptoms of Yellow Fever correctly (jaundice and vomit containing blood). He proposed Yellow Fever was a disease caused by a microorganism that was brought to New Orleans by shipping.

Faget reported an exception to the Liebermeister rule in his description of yellow fever [Faget sign] in 1858

Faget was an advocate of pain relief during childbirth and was the first doctor in Louisiana to administer chloroform during labour

  • Born June 26, 1818 New Orleans
  • 1837-1845 Studied in Paris
  • Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur
  • Died 7 December 1884.

Medical Eponyms
Faget Sign (1858)

Relative bradycardia with fever. Faget originally reported this exception to Liebermeister rule in his description of yellow fever. ‘Discordance entre la courbe du pouls et celle de la temperature dans la fièvre jaune.‘ [Faget JC 1859 p84-85]

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