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Robert Debré
The Hôpital Robert-Debré, in Paris

Robert Debré (7 December 1882 – 29 April 1978) was a French physician (pediatrician) at Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital in Paris.

The most important pediatric hospital in Paris - located in the North-East part of Paris (19th district) - has been named after him.

Debré was born in Sedan, Ardennes. A member of the Académie de Médecine, he was a colleague and close friend of professors Jean Quenu and Albert Besson, who in 1950 identified cats to be the natural reservoir of the Cat scratch disease[citation needed].

He is the father and grandfather of influential French government ministers; see Debré family.

In 1946, he wrote with Pr. Paul Rohmer a famous manual entitled "Traité de Pathologie Infantile" (2500 pages, 2 volumes) which became a reference for a whole generation of pediatricians.


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