Léon Bouveret (1850-1929) was a French internal medicine physician

Bouveret provided, in 1889, the first description of paroxysmal tachycardia before the era of the electrocardiogram.

As a young doctor, Bouveret played an important role in the fight against cholera.

Léon Bouveret also remained famous for his writings, notably his “Traité des maladies de l’estomac” and his book entitled “La neurasthénie”. His name is epoymously affiliated with Maladie de Bouveret (1889) and Bouveret Syndrome (1895)

  • Born 1850
  • 1878 – Defended his doctoral thesis in Paris; moved to Lyon to work in the private clinic of Professor Raphaël Lépine (1840-1919) before joining the Civils Hospitals of Lyon.
  • Died 1929

Medical Eponyms
Maladie de Bouveret (1889)

Paroxysmal tachycardia with rapid onset and termination in the healthy patient

In 1889 he gave the first description of paroxysmal tachycardia in healthy heart patients with abrupt onset and termination (1). Nowadays, tachycardia that fit into this very first definition are numerous (see LITFL Chapter Supraventricular Tachycardia):

  • mainly reciprocal junctional intra-nodal reentry tachycardias (AVNRT that still named by excess “Bouveret’s disease” in France)
  • reciprocal junctional tachycardias by accessory bundle reentry (AVRT),
  • idiopathic flutters and atrial fibrillation,
  • atrial tachycardia,
  • certain so-called benign ventricular tachycardias (fascicular tachycardias, Belhassen’s Verapamil-Sensitive Ventricular Tachycardia or infundibular tachycardias).

Bouveret Syndrome (1895)

Bouveret syndrome is a rare form of gastric outlet obstruction caused by a large gallstone passing through a bilioduodenal fistula.

1893 – Bouveret’s Syndrome was named after the publication of his book on the gastric diseases (Traité des maladies de l’estomac in 1893, updated 1895 then published in Revue de médecine, Paris 1896) that consisting in obstruction of the stomach or duodenum by a gallstone that has migrated through a biliogastric or bilioduodenal fistula.

Key Medical Contributions

Major Publications


The most classic description by Bouveret is quoted as “Stenose du pylore adherent a la vesicule. Revue médicale (Paris) 1896; 16: 1-16” – a reference repeated in the reference list of review papers since 1996. This paper does not exist. The real reference for contextual review exists in “Sténose du pylore adhérent à la vésicule calculeuse, Revue de médecine 1896; 16: 1-16



Eponymous terms

Bouveret syndrome (gastric)

Bouveret syndrome (cardiac)


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