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Doctor on D-Day

Claude Matuchansky, MD
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Lariboisière University Hospital; 75010 Paris, France (Matuchansky)

Requests for Single Reprints: Claude Matuchansky, MD, Gastroenterology and Nutritional Support Unit, Lariboisière University Hospital, 2, rue Ambroise-Paré, 75475 Paris Cedex 10, France.

Ann Intern Med. 2001;134(11):1075-1076. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-134-11-200106050-00016
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It was 6 p.m. on a Monday in June 1944. Dr. Jacques Rethel completed a clinical examination of his patient, then quickly made his assessment: “His belly is tense and rigid; he's been vomiting and feverish for the past 24 hours. He bears no appendectomy scar, and his Douglas cul-de-sac is very tender.”





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