Hôpital Fernand-Widal

The Hôpital Fernand-Widal (English: Fernand-Widal Hospital) is an establishment of the Assistance Publique–Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) located at 200, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis in the 10th arrondissement of Paris.[1] A public teaching hospital, Fernand-Widal has medicine, surgery, and obstetric departments and treats a large number of indigent patients[2] including those with drug addictions.[3] The building is a landmark of Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis, and was known until 1959 as Maison Dubois, after surgeon Antoine Dubois.[4] At the turn of the century, Maison Dubois had 450 beds[5] and was also known as the "municipal hospital for the insane"[6] or Maison Municipal de Santé.[5] Fernand-Widal now bears the name of doctor Georges-Fernand Widal, author of works on typhoid and kidney diseases.[7]

Hôpital Fernand-Widal
Assistance publique - Hôpitaux de Paris
Entrance of the Hôpital Fernand-Widal
Location10th arrondissement, Paris, France
Coordinates48°52′54″N 2°21′35″E / 48.8815517°N 2.3596921°E / 48.8815517; 2.3596921
Affiliated universityUniversité Paris Cité
ListsHospitals in France

Fernald-Widal Hospital is Paris' primary poison control center,[8] and the hospital is host to an internationally renowned toxicology department.[9][10] The hospital's expertise in the area of drug overdoses has resulted in them treating celebrity or criminal patients, including pop star Dalida in 1967[11] and art dealer Fernand Legros (charged with dealing in forgeries).[12] Research published in 1991 by doctors at the hospital found that many house-fire survivors may be subsequently poisoned by cyanide released by burning household fabrics.[13] The hospital's toxicologists are regarded as the world's experts in the management of cases involving the typically fatal ingestion of poisonous Amanita phalloides "death cap" mushrooms.[14][15][16] The department came to prominence under the leadership of Michel Gaultier, who trained as a forensic pathologist and became head of internal medicine at Fernand-Widal in the 1950s.[17]

Ambulance entrance of Maison Dubois, circa 1920

Hôpital Fernand-Widal is served by the La Chapelle and Gare du Nord metro stations.[18]

It is affiliated to Université Paris Cité.[19]


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