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Legg–Calvé–Perthes disease

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noun Legg–Cal·vé–Per·thes disease \ˈleg-ˌkal-ˈvā-ˈpər-ˌtēz-\

Medical Definition of Legg–Calvé–Perthes disease

  1. :  osteochondritis affecting the bony knob at the upper end of the femur—called also Legg-Perthes disease, Perthes disease

Biographical Note for legg–calvé–perthes disease

Legg

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Arthur Thornton

(1874–1939), American orthopedic surgeon. Legg published the first description of Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease in February 1910. He is also remembered for introducing an operation for correcting weakness of the abductor muscles of the thigh in cases of infantile paralysis.

Calvé

\kȧl-vā\,

Jacques

(1875–1954), French surgeon. Calvé published independently a description of Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease in July 1910.

Perthes

\ˈper-(ˌ)tes\,

Georg Clemens

(1869–1927), German surgeon. Perthes published his description of Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease in October 1910. A pioneer in radiotherapy, he studied the biological effects of X-ray treatment in surgery. He used deep X-ray therapy for the first time in 1903.


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