Louis-Hubert Farabeuf: The Deaf French Anatomist

Document Type: Biography


1 Department of Anatomical Sciences, St. George’s University, Grenada

2 Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, AL, USA


Louis Hubert Farabeuf was born in Bannost (Sein-et-Marne) on May 6th 1841 and died in Beton-Bazoche (Aisne) in August 1910. He was Professor and Director of the Anatomical Department of the Faculty of Medicine in Paris until 1878. In 1879, he founded the School of Practical Studies in Paris, which contributed to anatomical studies. Farabeuf designed many surgical procedures. His manual of operatory surgery was published in 1893 and was well known. He described the triangle that is named after him and described it in his Précis de manuel opératoire, published in 1872. This triangle (Farabeuf’s triangle) is formed by the internal jugular vein, common facial vein and hypoglossal nerve. The jugulodigastric node can usually be found within the borders of this surgical triangle. In 1878, Farabeuf was named Head of Anatomical Studies a position that had been occupied by such great names as Dupuytren, Beclar, Curveilhier, Breschet, Denonvilliers, and Sappey.


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