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