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Medical eponyms pt 3: Guido Fanconi

This is the third of a series of selected short biographies of persons whose names are directly used for diseases, conditions, syndromes or tests familiar to those working in clinical pathology laboratories.

The Swiss paediatrician Guido Fanconi (1892-1975) was one of the founders of modern paediatrics whose name is associated with several important syndromes and diseases. He was born in Poschiavo, a small Swiss town, near the northern Italian border, around 100 miles from Milan. In 1911 he commenced studies in medicine and studied at Lausanne, Bern and Zurich, developed a special interest in paediatrics, and qualified in 1919.

He studied paediatrics at the University Children’s hospital of Zurich (Kinderspital) from 1920 and just nine years later he succeeded the noted Swiss paediatrician and academic Emil Feer, as Professor of Paediatrics and Director to establish Kinderspital as one of the leading children’s hospitals in the world. He was astute with recognition of uncommon symptoms as important diseases and gained a grounding of biochemistry under Emil Abderhalden in Halle, Germany.

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