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Augusta Déjerine-Klumpke (1859–1927) and her eponym
  1. F B Yildirim,
  2. L Sarikcioglu
  1. Department of Anatomy, Akdeniz University Faculty of Medicine, Antalya, Turkey
  1. Dr F B Yildirim, Department of Anatomy, Akdeniz University Faculty of Medicine, 07070 Antalya, Turkey; yildirimfb{at}

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Augusta Déjerine-Klumpke was a renowned neurologist, neuroanatomist and an eminent physician of her time. She is well known for her innovative contributions to neurology and neuroanatomy. Déjerine-Klumpke was the first woman in France accomplished to enter academic life in medicine and was the first female extern and intern to practice in the hospitals of Paris.1 Klumpke was born in 1859 in San Francisco as the second child of John Gerard Klumpke and Dorothea Mathilda Tolle. Her mother embarked for Europe to have Augusta’s elder sister treated. During their stay in Europe, she studied in Germany and Switzerland. In 1875, her mother was informed by a fashion magazine that a woman, Madeleine Brès (1842–1921), had passed her doctorate thesis at the medical faculty in Paris. This news attracted Augusta to study medicine. However, there was no faculty of medicine in Lausanne. Therefore, the family moved to Paris since there were more opportunities for education of all of …

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